TSA will check to see if your device turns on for international, U.S.-bound flights
As part of new security protocol at foreign airports, the United States Transportation Security Administration will require cell phones and select electronic devices to be fully charged with the ability to be powered on when going through security screening. The TSA says that devices that won't power on will not be allowed on flights headed to the U.S.
The increased security measure arises amidst concerns that al Quada may blow up a jetliner and Agency officials fear that phones, tablets, and laptops may be used as bombs. TSA will be asking travelers to power on their electronic devices at security checkpoints to verify that they are safe on board a flight.
The increased screening will be for U.S.-bound flights originating from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. So if you're headed to the U.S., be sure that your phones and electronics are fully charged before headed to the airport.
In addition to electronics-related safety concerns at airports and on planes, TSA will also be closely checking the shoes of travelers.
What do you think of the new security measures? Let us know in the comments below.
Source: NBC News
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Speaking of knives, a friend forgot he had an heirloom (from his grandfather) pocket knife with him and had it taken at security. He had a lot of time and had his wife come to airport so he went back to security to have it returned to her. The female security guard said it wasn't in the bin where they throw things for recycle. He said it better be or he'd call for a supervisor. She then went to a locked cabinet, got out her purse, dug it out, and returned it to him.
I travel frequently to Asia...no mention of flights from there getting added screening. yay for me, and terrorists.
All kidding aside, this is not going to be a very happy situation for traveler. Most people travel with multiple devices too. I travel to China with my life. MBP, iPod, iPhone (sometimes 2) and my iPad, Digital Camera too. If the TSA is going to make me take all those devices out to check if they work...wow what a mess that would be in TSA.
One interesting comparison between security screening in China VS. the US. They don't make you take your shoes off, but they make you take our cameras, chargers...pretty much all your electronics out of your bag if they are suspicious. The Camera thing is just recently due to the lost Airplane...but that might just be the Beijing Airport.