Carry-on devices must be fully charged for US flights

All electronic devices must be fully charged before boarding flights to the US, according to new Transport Security Administration (TSA) rules.

Carry-on devices must be fully charged for US flights

Passengers travelling from Europe, the Middle East and Africa to the US must be able to turn on their electronics at security in order to prove they are genuine. It’s unclear why the TSA is requiring the step up in security.

The agency singled out Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxy handsets in particular, although other battery-operated devices may need to be turned on as well.

In a statement, the TSA said: “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 new security measures are only being put in place in certain airports, but the TSA has declined to say which ones.

However, the BBC reports Heathrow, Europe’s busiest airport, is one of those affected and the Irish Mirror has claimed checks are also in place at Manchester Airport.

The new procedures follow warnings terrorists are developing new explosives that fit inside electronics.

The new types of bomb are, apparently, harder to detect than those that had been developed previously, hence the need to turn on devices.

David Cameron, said: “I hope this won’t lead to unnecessary delays but it’s very important that we always put safety first, and we do.”

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