Frequent Flyer: TSA requires charged mobile devices or risk flight block

Image credit: Getty Images

Image credit: Getty Images

I always make sure all of my devices are fully charged before I fly. It isn’t a given that the plane you’re boarding will have USB ports or an outlet. However, if you’re the type to forget, you may want to keep this new piece of info in mind.

The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) is now mandating that all mobile devices must be charged enough to be powered on during the screening process. This new rule applies to international direct flights coming in from airports from Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Here’s the pertinent blurb from the TSA’s official website:

“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.”

Although specific airports weren’t specified, it’s reported the increased security measures are in place to prevent al-Qaeda from using smartphones and tablets as potential bombs.

Your device doesn’t need to be fully charged — just enough to power on — but it’s as good a time as any to either pick up a battery case or power bank.

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