Air passengers heading to the United States are to be subject to new security checks that could cause delays if their electronic device has a dead battery. UNIGLOBE experts look inside the news…

Air passengers heading to the United States are to be subject to new security checks that could cause delays if their electronic device has a dead battery. UNIGLOBE experts look inside the news…



In an official statement, the Transportation Security Administration said it will no longer allow powerless cell phones, tablets and laptop computers on board.

The statement reads, “As the traveling 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.”

The news follows a statement from U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson saying, “I have directed TSA to implement enhanced security measures in the coming days at certain overseas airports with direct flights to the United States. We will work to ensure these necessary steps pose as few disruptions to travelers as possible. We are sharing recent and relevant information with our foreign allies and are consulting the aviation industry.”

The TSA statement concluded, “TSA will continue to adjust security measures to ensure that travelers are guaranteed the highest levels of aviation security conducted as conveniently as possible.

So be sure to charge up those phones/laptops/ipads/e-readers before you travel or take a power back up device with you – otherwise you will be giving them to TSA officers…or missing your flight while you race around looking for a power outlet,  plug adaptor and/or currency converter as well!

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