The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced that travellers to the USA departing from certain international airports will be required to have their cell phones charged and if the mobile devices don’t switch on, they will not be permitted on board the plane.
This move to enhance security may seem stringent to many, but this decision was motivated by intelligence reports that Syrian terrorist groups were conceiving bombs that could go undetected by current airport security measures, possibly in the form of smart phones. iPhones and Samsungs are the biggest concern, which means that owners of these mobile devices are advised to ensure they are fully charged prior to standard security checks.
Yesterday British media outlets reported that British Airways would be adopting this practice and many European airport authorities will be conducting more random inspections of US-bound commercial airline passengers.
To ensure your travel to the USA is as smooth as possible, be sure to carry your charger with you. While the vast majority of airport lounges offer electrical outlets, it is not easy to find them where the security points are, which one must pass prior to accessing these areas.
So when flying into the USA from international destinations, err on the side of caution and be sure to have your smart phones charged. Another suggestion is to invest in a portable charger, which you could pick up from duty-free if there’s a risk of having to leave your phone behind.