Some passengers on international flights destined for the United States will need to "charge up" before boarding

It looks as though the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA’s) seemingly haphazard screening process is about to get a bit more cumbersome for international travelers. NBC News was among the first to report that due to new terror threats from organizations like al Qaeda, travelers on U.S.-bound flights will have to prove that their smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices can turn on before they board their flights.
Apparently, the TSA is concerned that al Qaeda could implant explosive devices within non-functional smartphones, tablets, or notebook computers in order to later detonate them while aboard an airliner.

The TSA provided a bit more clarity on the new guidelines with the following statement:
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.
Travelers affected by the latest TSA restrictions would be “processed” from U.S.-bound flights originating from Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.

Sources: NBC News [1], [2], Transportation Security Administration

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