UNDER NEW TSA LAWS, YOUR SMARTPHONE MUST BE CHARGED AT ALL TIMES
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.”