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Lowbat Mobile Device Under Higher Security Risk at Airport

The new security measures have been put in place to address concerns that mobile phones, tablets, laptops and other electronic devices could be used as an explosive device. 

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has said it may ask air travelers headed to the U.S. on direct flights to power up some electronic devices, including cell phones, as part of enhanced security measures at certain airports abroad.

International passengers travelling on American airlines from certain airports will need to prove their devices are charged before being allowed to board, in a new security effort aimed at preventing acts of terrorism.

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) this morning announced uncharged mobile devices would not be allowed through to planes heading to the United States at a number of overseas airports.

TSA agents will ask travellers at checkpoints to prove their devices are powered by asking for the device to be turned on. Devices lacking power will not be allowed through.
"During the security examination, officers may also ask that owners power up some devices, including cell phones," the TSA advised in a notice on its website.
"Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft. The traveller may also undergo additional screening."
The new measures come in the wake of reports that terrorists are working on using electronic devices as bombs. TSA did not provide specific reasons why the new measures were being introduced. "As the traveling public knows, all electronic devices are screened by security officers," it said in a statement.

Jeh Johnson, secretary of Homeland Security, said last week that the TSA had been directed to introduce enhanced security measures in the coming days at certain overseas airports with direct flights to the U.S. "DHS continually assesses the global threat environment and reevaluates the measures we take to promote aviation security," Johnson said in a statement.

The TSA did not disclose the airports abroad where the restriction on powerless electronic devices will come into force.

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