US.Bound Passengers Likely To Switch On Mobile Phones For Security Use

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Updated July 11, 2014

TSA Adds Screeners For Busy Summer Travel SeasonPassengers using airports that offer direct flights to the US may be forced to switch on their mobile phones and other electronic devices to prove to security officials that they do not contain explosives.

“During the security examination, officers may also ask that owners power up some devices, including cell phones,” the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said

“Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft. The traveller may also undergo additional screening.”

The TSA did not disclose which airports would be conducting the additional screening. It was reported last week that passengers at British airports travelling to the US were facing extra checks on phones. Belgian officials said passengers there would also have devices checked.

Britain’s Department for Transport (DFT) advised that the new restriction meant any electronic device with a flat battery would not be allowed on flights,