AIRPORTS: Charge up…or else
New airport security rules may soon have TSA inspectors checking your personal electronics to see if they power up. If they don’t, there will be drama.
New security rules being implemented by the Transportation Security Administration could complicate your travel with cellphones, laptop computers and other personal electronics.
At certain overseas airports, security screeners now will be checking your personal electronics to see if they actually work.
If they don’t power up, they wont be allowed on the airplane.
The fear behind this new rule is that terrorists might try to use consumer electronic devices to hide bombs. Evidently, you can’t get explosives and normal working mechanisms into a device at the same time.
You can read more specifically about the new rules from the TSA Web site.
Right now, these new rules target airports outside the United States, but it doesn’t take much to envision it eventually being applied to US airports sooner or later.
What does this mean for you as a traveler? Simply put, it means you need to be diligent about keeping your gadgets fully charged. Because we all know that what the TSA taketh away, it seldom ever giveth back.
A little charging time before heading for the airport, therefore, can save you a lot of drama, not to mention a lot of expense.