HWM (Malaysia) - - TELEPORT -

As if fly­ing into the United States wasn't hard enough, the coun­try is now bar­ring any pas­sen­ger with de­vices that are turned off or un­charged.

Ac­cord­ing to the new laws set forth by the United States' Trans­porta­tion Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion (TSA), the tran­sit guards will now pro­hibit pas­sen­gers from car­ry­ing aboard un­charged elec­tronic de­vices on to the plane. The new rule, which is cur­rently in ef­fect, has been en­forced at undis­closed air­ports in the United States, the Mid­dle East, Europe and Africa.

The new se­cu­rity mea­sures were brought into ef­fect with the aim of stop­ping ter­ror­ist threats fol­low­ing re­cent re­ports that the ter­ror­ist group, Al Qaeda, were plot­ting yet again to bring down an Amer­i­can air­liner. As part of the new pro­to­col, pas­sen­gers can be asked to prove that their de­vices are charged by turn­ing them on to show that they are not bombs in dis­guise. If the pas­sen­ger fails to turn on the phone, the pas­sen­ger will then be al­lowed to use a charger. If af­ter charg­ing, the de­vice still fails to turn on, the de­vice can and will be con­fis­cated.

It's not just the United States that will be en­act­ing this law. One of its clos­est al­lies, the U.K., have also fol­lowed its coun­ter­part's leads and have al­ready pro­ceeded to dis­al­low pas­sen­gers at cer­tain air­ports from board­ing U.S.-bound flights with un­charged de­vices.

“In line with the U.S. ad­vice, pas­sen­gers on some routes into and out of the UK may now also be re­quired to show that elec­tronic de­vices in their hand lug­gage are pow­ered up or face not be­ing al­lowed to bring the de­vice onto the air­craft.”

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