TSA Requiring Some Travelers to Power-Up Electronics

While reading Beth Whitman’s wanderlustandlipstick.com (one of our favorite travel sites), we got the heads-up that the TSA is now requiring some passengers to turn on electronics as they go through airport security. If you can’t power up the device, you have to leave it behind.

As Whitman points out, travelers often end trips with little juice left in their phones, tablets and computers, and there’s a chance they won’t have enough battery power to turn on devices at the security checkpoint.

Basically, you need to make extra effort to ensure that you charge your stuff before you enter the security line.

Authorities in the United States and Europe implemented the new measure to combat the threat of Islamic extremists traveling between Western nations and Syria, according to a report from Bloomberg News.

“The Transportation Security Administration had said earlier this month it was making some U.S.-bound passenger at airports in Europe, Africa and the Middle East turn on their laptops, phones and other devices,” Bloomberg News reported. “That requirement is now being expanded to certain passengers on domestic flights.”

The TSA isn’t saying exactly which airports and what types of travelers will be affected by the new policy, but Bloomberg notes, “The checks at U.S. airports won’t apply to every flier, and will be used more sparingly than overseas.”

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