Going on an international flight bound for the United States? Make sure your smartphone is charged and working

Going on an international flight bound for the United States?  Make sure your smartphone is charged and working
Security agencies at airports which serve as hubs to direct flights to the United States are being asked by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to ramp up security protocols over concerns of possible threats to air travel.

Among the enhancements travelers can expect to see will be increased scrutiny of electronics, particularly smartphones and tablets, and among them, Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxy devices.

How will such devices be checked? Expect to be asked to turn the devices off and on, and make sure you give the phone a good battery charge. Devices that cannot power on will not be permitted on the flight. The concern is that smartphones or tablets could be rigged with explosives since they are such ubiquitous devices.

Flights bound for the US from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa will see the most noticeable uptick in security measures which will be implemented over the next couple days. Along with your smartphone or tablet, expect your shoes to garner more scrutiny as well.



source: NBC News

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19 Comments

1. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

2. hmd74

Posts: 539; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

WoW! 0_o That's great...

3. wilsong17 unregistered

how cute how about showing actual usage

4. tacarat

Posts: 851; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Let us pray you do not go 6 days without a charge ;)

5. wilsong17 unregistered

6. Beijendorf unregistered

What is that? A picture for ANTS?!

7. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Show the graph to prove you didn't charge it or leave it in standy for 5 days, it only resets the time used when you charge to 100%.

8. wilsong17 unregistered

LIKE this one on my note 3http://i.imgur.com/gucDGj8.png?2

9. swayze91

Posts: 51; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

impressive

10. MrTzr unregistered

Probably an aftermarket battery. But I'm already statisfied with my 8 hours of sot on my Z2.

12. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Here is my phone now 3 days 30% remaining it'll do 4-4 1/2 days this time *laughs*http://i1056.photobucket.com/albums/t376/battlebrat2/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20140706_134504_zps1k4iief1.jpg

18. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

But the screen hasn't been on almost at all.................

11. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

How much explosive can you fit in a sub-10mm thick body? I really don't think explosives in smartphones and tablets are much of a threat...

13. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Up against a pressurized plane window, it doesn't take much :-(

14. Gawain

Posts: 431; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

A hand grenade is the size of a small apple and has a kill/injure radius of roughly 30 meters (90 feet). A smaller charge against a thin aluminum body or window can do quite a lot.

15. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1126; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Thats fine, I keep my GS4 and iPad4 charged up before going to the airport, I tend to use my iPad a lot when flying for reading offline articles that I download the day before, videos etc... and use my GS4 for music inflight. I get a good 6h On Screen use of my GS4 without about 16h heavy use, moderate use I can go a good 2days, its no problem. I'm very happy with these security measures, tbh.

16. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

iPhone and Galaxy? Methinks that the unproductive slobs who signed up for a job where they'd bark at people touch their junk are trying to confiscate a boatload of iPhone and Galaxy to be sold at a later auction. Really, what other phones have as good a resale value as these?

17. Eonnaydra

Posts: 217; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

lol, this is a stupid decision, I am going to NY from Romania next week and I have a lot of problems with my S3's battery because of the hacks and custom roms that I've tested on it :)))

19. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

I had to do this already with other electronic items for years.

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