Powerless devices banned on U.S. flights amid security boost

Powerless devices banned on U.S. flights amid security boost

PanARMENIAN.Net - American officials have ordered some overseas airports to heighten security checks on US-bound flights, measures that include closer screening of electronic devices, Digital Spy reported.

The new regulations will require passengers to switch on their smartphones, tablets and laptops prior to boarding to prove that they are real.

This means that devices with no battery life must be left behind, unless the traveller is willing to abandon their flight.

"During the security examination, officers may also ask that owners power up some devices, including cell phones," said US government body the Transportation Security Administration.

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

London's Heathrow airport is among the overseas sites implementing the new measures, according to BBC News.

Transport officials in the US announced the policy last week, but did not clarify why increased security is required.

 Top stories
Zuckerberg talked about the coming virtual reality wave, which his company made a big bet on when it purchased headset maker Oculus Rift.
YouTube, eager to capture cord cutters with original content, is about to debut one show and three movies to the Red subscription service.
"It looks like Google continues to execute on mobile advertising," said Neil Doshi managing director of research at Mizuho Securities.
Some of the executives are departing under pressure and others decided on their own to leave the company, the person said.
Partner news