The next time you fly internationally, you may be required to power up electronic devices such as cell phones, tablets, lap tops, etc. This is part of a new security directive from the US Department of Homeland Security.
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.
US Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said, "DHS continually assesses the global threat environment and reevaluates the measures we take to promote aviation security. As part of this ongoing process, I have directed TSA to implement enhanced security measures in the coming days at certain overseas airports with direct flights to the United States. We will work to ensure these necessary steps pose as few disruptions to travelers as possible."
Johnson also said, "DHS continually assesses the global threat environment and reevaluates the measures we take to promote aviation security. ...TSA will continue to adjust security measures to ensure that travelers are guaranteed the highest levels of aviation security conducted as conveniently as possible."
And as you travel, don't forget the standard security regulations:
- Liquids and gels must be in containers of three ounces or less
- Put the containers in one zip-top plastic bag that is one-quart in size
- Remove the plastic bag from your carry-on bag and put it in a screening bin
- Place metal objects, such as coins and keys, in your carry-on bag
- Put laptop computers and other electronic devices in a screening bin
- Remove shoes, jackets and belts and put them in screening bins