TSA calls for enhanced security measures on electronic devices

By Kate Taylor ,

In case you needed more of a reason to fully charge your cellphone or laptop before an international flight, as of July 2, the Transportation Security Administration announced that travelers might need to demonstrate that their devices are able to turn on before boarding a direct flight to the United States.

The new regulation was not created to inhibit possible communication between terrorists, but actually to prevent cellphones, and similar devices laced with explosives, from making their way onto commercial flights.

According to ABC News, this new age smuggling practice has become a notable concern over the past couple of weeks as a result of the actions of terrorists in Syria.

This is all in addition to the already established practice of removing devices from carry-ons for screening.

In a press release, the TSA states that “powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft.” The TSA gives further warning that “the traveler may also undergo additional screening.”

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