Stay Charged: TSA Bans Dead Phones From Flying
Looks like the inevitable traffic jams around airport charging stations are about to get worse. In an official statement published Sunday, the Transportation Security Administration said it will no longer allow powerless cell phones, tablets and laptop computers on board.
The statement reads, “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.”
While no reason was given for the change in policy, a Reuters report from last week suggested a link between Johnson’s statement and recent intelligence that al Qaeda-affiliated militant groups had devised a way to turn iPhones and Samsung smart phones into undetectable bombs.