It looks like the TSA is finding another reason to make travelers even more stressed out when flying, and it involves your cell phone and other electronic devices.
On Monday, the TSA published a new announcement that stated that passengers boarding flights to the United States from “certain overseas airports” will need to prove to agents that “all electronic devices” that are packed can be powered on.
Should the device not power on, travelers won’t be able to board the plan while they are carrying the dead device.
You can read the full release from the TSA below:
Last week, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson directed TSA to implement enhanced security measures at certain overseas airports with direct flights to the United States.
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.
TSA will continue to adjust security measures to ensure that travelers are guaranteed the highest levels of aviation security conducted as conveniently as possible.
The details are extremely light, but NBCNews reports that the new rules are being put into effect as a response to a threat that has the TSA worrie that a “cellphone, tablet, laptop or other electronic device could be used as a bomb.”
The report also states that iPhones from Apple and Galaxy phones from Samsung are being targeted by United States officials.
What do you think of the new policy from the TSA? Do you think it will ever be enforced for domestic flights? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.