A new TSA rule says airline passengers at certain overseas airports with devices that won’t power on won’t be able to take them on airplanes flying into the United States, the Transportation Safety Administration announced last week.
At security checkpoints, TSA officers sometimes will power up devices such as iPads or cell phones, a TSA release said. Because of increased security concerns, that issue now will be addressed more strictly at overseas airports.
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“Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft,” the TSA said on its website.
“The traveler may also undergo additional screening.”
ABC News reported that the stricter security measures
are in response to the increasing violence in Syria and Iraq, which has raised concerns jihadist terrorism attempts may escalate.
"I believe that we’ve taken the appropriate measures to deal with the existing situation and not unnecessarily burden the traveling public," said Jeh Johnson, secretary of Homeland Security, according to ABC News.
“There is always a threat, but the threat after all remains fairly high all over the world particularly the western countries,” said Richard Barrett, a former British head of counter-terrorism, MI6, the Examiner reported
British Airways posted on its website that the airline would comply with the new standards, and said, “Customers may be asked to turn on any electronic or battery powered devices such as telephones, tablets, e-books and laptops in front of security teams and/or demonstrate the item’s functionality. If, when asked to do so, you are unable to demonstrate that your device has power you will not be allowed to fly on your planned service.”
On July 3, Reuters reported that airlines were increasing scrutiny of electronic devices
, pointing specifically to Apple iPhones and Galaxy phones.
Reuters reported that U.S. officials were concerned al-Qaida in the Arabian peninsula know how to turn phones into bombs, and those could possibly pass undetected through airline security.
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