The Transportation Security Administration has just announced some changes to airport security. The press realizes issued today, states that, the TSA will require passengers to power on electronic devices as they enter their security checkpoints. The TSA is now requiring some overseas airports to have their passengers turn on devices such as cell phones. The TSA announced that devices that won't power up will not be allowed on planes, and those travelers may have to undergo additional screening. The announcement comes in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security with their announcement last week of continuing security updates.
According to DHS, intelligence officials have been concerned about new al-Qaida efforts to produce a bomb that would go undetected through airport security. The press release that the DHS released on July 2nd, indicates that there will be continuing updates to ensure passenger safety especially during this holiday weekend. Jeh Charles Johnson, Homeland Security Director, stated that “We will work to ensure these necessary steps pose as few disruptions to travelers as possible. We are sharing recent and relevant information with our foreign allies and are consulting the aviation industry.” According to Johnson, “Aviation includes a number of measures, both seen and unseen, informed by an evolving environment. As always, we will continue to adjust security measures to promote aviation security without unnecessary disruptions to the traveling public.”
The TSA will not disclose which airports will be conducting the additional screening. Airline security has checked electronic devices before, but now unpowered devices will not be allowed on the airliner. The TSA states that the agency will continue to adjust security measures to ensure that travelers are guaranteed the highest levels of aviation security conducted as conveniently as possible.