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Monday, July 07, 2014

If you're flying to the US from abroad, make sure your cell phone and laptop are charged

TSA, the people who made... let's skip that joke... will be inspecting laptops and cell phones on flights to the United States from selected, unnamed airports in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. If the laptops and cell phones aren't charged, you won't be able to bring them on the plane.
It is part of the agency's efforts to bolster airport security amid suggestions of a plot by Islamic extremists to blow up an airliner.
The TSA said that passengers at certain international airports may be asked during security screening to turn on their electronic devices, such as mobile phones, tablet or laptop computers.
If they do not have power the devices will not be allowed on planes, said the agency.
The TSA will not specify which airports will be subject to the extra screening.
"As the traveling public knows," the TSA's written statement said, "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."
US security officials said last week they fear bomb-makers from the Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) have worked out how to turn phones into explosive devices which can avoid detection.
Why does this remind me of the water bottle thing? As long as the TSA continues to look for yesterday's terrorists, rather than implement real security measures (i.e. psychological profiling), the American traveling public and visitors from abroad will not be safe.

Let's go to the videotape.

What could go wrong?

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At 2:53 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Carl.

Guess someone forgot to tell 'Brussels Airport', just went through there, no need for shoe removal or powering up any electronics.....As you say 'What could go wrong'.
And i still am convinced the Staff working at the airport IS THE WEAKEST LINK.

At 7:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


The TSA indeed seems to be concerned with yesterday's threat. I've thought that since the TSA added these new regulations, the terrorists have not tried that particular means of bringing down a plane (shoes, liquids, etc.), yet we still have to subject ourselves to these indignities long afterward.

Why can't the TSA do what the Israelis are doing? There are considerably fewer problems with this, yet it seems that there is a reluctance to try this here. Yes, screening is a way of life, but there must be a better way to do this.


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