TSA - US-Bound Overseas Flyers Must Power on Gadgets and Devices

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is a widely contested subject for those flying into and around the United States. Some see the security precautions as unnecessary and invasive. Well, if you’re flying into the States from somewhere overseas, prepare yourself for additional measures.

This only pertains to those carrying mobile gadgets, but I’d wager that accounts for almost one-hundred percent of all passengers. Those with gadgets may be asked to power them on and show them in a functional state to prove that they aren’t disguised explosive devices. In light of the recent wall huggers commercial where Samsung makes fun of iPhone users, maybe making sure your smartphone is reasonably charged before boarding is a good idea.

There are no additional limitations on what devices can bring onboard with you, but passengers are warned to expect tighter scrutiny over those devices. This new measure is designed to combat Middle Eastern and European threats in a pre-emptive fashion. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson told NBC’s Meet the Press that they’re looking to anticipate the next attack before it happens instead of simply reacting to the last one.

I hope that’s what they’ve been trying to do all along.

I know very little about the world of security and terror threats, but this new TSA rule doesn’t seem like it would put passengers that far out of their way, so I see little reason to protest it. Though it does seem likely that it will push terrorists to design explosives that can be fitted to working electronics, but I suppose that’s how this terrifying back-and-forth works.


via CNN

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