Dead Phone? TSA Bans Unpowered Devices On Some International Flights

Travelers with unpowered devices might be taken out for additional security checks.

As if a dead phone battery weren't stressful enough, the Transportation Security Administration enacted new security measures Sunday that prohibit devices without power on planes flying directly to the U.S. from certain overseas airports.

As part of the new rules, airport security officers may ask travelers to power up electronic devices and undergo additional screening. A statement from the agency didn't note which airports were affected, but Reuters reports U.S. officials have targeted smartphones for additional screening on U.S.-bound flights from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The new measures are a response to concerns terrorists affiliated with Al Qaeda in Yemen and Syria could create undetectable bombs hidden within cell phones as well as shoes.

Though the Department of Homeland Security didn't specify how these additional security checks will be enforced, airlines or airport operators that don't comply could face bans on flights to the U.S.

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  • Matias Gamarra

    haha as if any suspect of having a bomb in their phones will plug it. Let alone the officer next to the suspect waiting to see if it blows away or it is just a dead battery.

  • tanelitorvi

    the security paranoia continues in USA. Air Safety has or was always based on statistic analysis, and is still in all other issues except passenger issues. The ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) defines i.e. that one flight out one one hundred million is allowed to crash in obstacles around the airport. The possibility of pilot or mechanical error is much bigger. Without the curtent safety controls of passengers the risk is a billionth of these, and implementing the last regulations each of us has to be involved 10.000 (ten thousand times) in a fatal accident before any fatal accident caused by other passengers will harm us. The only reason for these absurd safety measures is the safety industry who gets billions of dollars of all the regulations. Why are our politicians and authorities then implementing these rules? Because they don't know anymore what is realistic and very obviously have been manipulated in way or another by the safety industry, the NSA and similars!