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Flat Phone Battery? Time to Re-Book Your Flight!



/ 2 years ago

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What’s going to get you kicked off a flight faster than carrying a pair of nail clippers or a replica Katana? According to this TSA announcement, a flat phone battery is the answer. The full release reads:

“Last week, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson directed TSA to implement enhanced security measures at certain overseas airports with direct flights to the United States.

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.

TSA will continue to adjust security measures to ensure that travelers are guaranteed the highest levels of aviation security conducted as conveniently as possible.”

Unfortunately, this statement isn’t exactly direct nor points out an obvious issue, but we’ve learnt from NBCNews that this is likely due to a terrorism scare:

“The Transportation Security Administration will not allow cellphones or other electronic devices on U.S.-bound planes at some overseas airports if the devices are not charged up, the agency said on Sunday.” NBCNews

And it’s not just your phone that’s on the line either:

“A U.S. source familiar with the matter said laptop computers are among the devices security screeners may require passengers to turn on.” NBCNews

As far as targeted devices go and where the actions will be taken place are, we’ve learned:

“U.S. officials singled out smartphones including iPhones made by Apple and Galaxy phones made by Samsung Electronics for extra security checks on U.S.-bound direct flights from Europe, the Middle East and Africa.” NBCNews

Whether this is another crazy security measure, or a legitimate concern is up to you to decide – but we know those with a flat device due to too many Tumblr updates are sure to create a scene at the security checkpoint.

Image courtesy of Mobiles.co.uk


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  • fausto412

    this is just ridiculous. they better have usb cables…i’ll power it up but if the battery is dead well…we need more charge stations.

  • George Hillier

    I don’t see the problem as long as they have a charging station for you to charge any device, that way it won’t inconvenience anyone and won’t cost too much to set up.
    If they don’t offer a charging station for all devices then that’s pretty stupid because think of the amount of people who have laptops which don’t hold their charge and stuff… I’m pretty sure about 1/10 people have a laptop that has to be plugged in to the mains all the time to work…