TSA may request passengers flying to United States to turn on devices

The TSA is trying to ensure electronics actually power on, to prevent an IED or some type of cleverly-disguised bomb from getting on a U.S.-bound flight.

Published Sun, Jul 6 2014 7:53 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:15 PM CST

The Transportation Security Agency (TSA) might ask passengers flying into the United States to power on their smartphones, tablets, laptops and other electronic devices, in fear of improvised exploding devices (IEDs) masked as common electronics. It seems this will be focused on passengers flying from airports in Europe and the Middle East, according to a homeland security official.

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"As the traveling public knows, all electronic devices are screened by security officers," the TSA noted in a statement. "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."

If travelers are found with devices that don't power on, they could face additional screening. Furthermore, the TSA has been in communication with airlines that will have to be better prepared for these types of problems, with a specific interest in United, American and Delta. The Department of Homeland Security has asked airports to add additional security scrutiny for passengers entering the United States, including more random screenings and checking passengers' shoes and clothing.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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