Quick Travel Tip: Charge Electronics Before Going to the Airport
In case you missed it, over the weekend the Transportation Security Administration announced “enhanced security measures.”
While the announcement did not contain many specifics (by design, I’m sure), the takeaway is that you should charge your electronic devices before going to the airport.
Security screeners may ask you to turn on a device, presumably to demonstrate that it’s really a cell phone or tablet and not a bomb in disguise.
If it does not turn on, the traveler (1) will have to leave the device behind, and (2) may be subjected to additional screening.
Without elaborating, the announcement says the measures will be implemented “at certain overseas airports with direct flights to the United States.”
I always favor safety and am not complaining about the policy at all, but I’m horrified at the thought of abandoning my personal device to a security screener in another country. So I will make certain all my devices are charged when approaching security!
If your device is drained hopefully they would at least let you pull out a charger and provide you with a place to plug it in and prove it does turn on, but I have learned to never assume in such cases. I rarely travel with my devices drained of power anyway, but this might even compel me to lug an external battery pack on trips.
Here is the text of the TSA announcement, pasted it in its entirety:
Sunday, July 6, 2014
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.