Airport security might ask travelers to power up

By now, most air travelers are used to turning off their cell phones and laptops when they get on the plane — but to make it to the terminal, you might have to reverse your thinking.


The Transportation Security Administration has issued a new security guideline focused on screening electronic devices.

Passengers traveling to the U.S. from overseas may now be asked to prove that their electronic devices really work by turning them on. 


The TSA's official statement reads, "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."

To learn more about the TSA's new measure to ramp up security, watch this Newsy video.

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