The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has recently announced a change of a rule regarding electronic devices. The TSA will NO Longer allow uncharged devices such as mobile phones or other electronic devices on U.S. bound airplanes at many overseas airports.
This change in policy is part of the TSA’s effort to strengthen security at airports following credible intelligence that Islamic terror groups are planning on blowing up airliners.
These certain international airports will require passengers during security screening to turn on electronic devices such as tablets, mobile phones or laptops. If the devices you’re traveling with do not have power or cannot turn on the device will not be allowed on the plane.
In a written statement, the TSA said: “As the travelling public knows all electronic devices are screened by security officers. During the security examination, officers may also ask that owners power up some devices, including cell phones.
“Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft. The traveler may also undergo additional screening.”
It appears that U.S. officials are concerned that these extremist groups have devised a method of turning mobile devices such as tablets or mobile phones into explosives.
Little is known about the intelligence concerning this threat, so the TSA has not specified which airports will be subject to the extra security regarding your mobile electronics.
I guess the moral of this story is to be sure to top off your mobile device to ensure its fully charged before heading off to the airport for your vacations adventures this summer.