It seems like the United States is trying to make it harder and harder for people to have a comfortable, hassle-free air travel experience, and now the maligned TSA has introduced “enhanced security measures” that are sure to cause chaos at security checkpoints throughout the world. On direct flights to the US, in select airports, agents may require men and women to power on their electronic devices to be screened. If a device does not power on then it will not be permitted on board the aircraft. According to the TSA’s website:
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.
We understand the nature of this new rule is to protect an in-air terrorist attack, but the TSA needs to ensure that this requirement is universally known. We can’t imagine the chaos that will ensue as passengers are told they can’t bring their uncharged phones on planes after queuing for security. Also, they must provide readily available charges throughout the airport.