Passengers Entering US Must Power On Electronic Devices For TSA

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Flying into the US from "certain overseas airports" could prove difficult if your electronic devices are low on power. According to Circa, the Secretary of Homeland Security has directed the TSA to implement enhanced security measures regarding personal electronics. Devices which do not power up will not be allowed on the plane, and could subject the holder of the device to additional screening.


Other reports have indicated those "certain overseas airports" are those from the Middle East and northern Africa, as fears of anti-US action escalate in the area. There has been no mention of domestic flights falling under this same policy, but you still might want to make extra sure you've got enough juice to get through security.

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So I've been told for years that I can't have my electronics ON, now I'm told I can't have them OFF. I just wish they'd make up their minds. This is going to turn everyone into Samsung's mocked "wall huggers" as everyone huddles around outlets to get enough power to turn on their stuff to get through security.




I can attest to this, just having flown into the US from Geneva yesterday. People who were not actively using their devices were asked to turn them on. All electric powered smaller devices were so treated. This happened at the boarding gate. Additionally, they were pulling people aside randomly for that most beloved of treats, the bag disassembly and shoeless body scan.

Dave Hamilton

Reminds me of the “old days” when those rare folks traveling with laptops had to open them up and show the OS on the screen to prove that the laptop was, indeed, as it seemed (and not some intricately-disguised bomb).



How well I remember those days, as well as the commentary that how could ‘they’ really check those huge hard drives that were now up to a whole gigabyte.


I’m wondering what’s supposed to be observed by merely turning the device on? What about folks whose devices are broken? They could easily be broken while at (or in transit to) the airport. Does it need to be unlocked? What specific purpose does this serve for security checks?

Lee Dronick

MrTonio, I wonder if they are checking all baggage or just carry on. Also would an xray of the device reveal that it is indeed just a broken gadget and not an infernal device. If so then perhaps a secondary inspection, and interview, may allow the passanger and laptop to board.



Imagine the classic Mac OS giving you the bomb screen at that moment.

“Really officer, it is just an Error Type 11…”

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