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What:The Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson recently directed TSA to implement enhanced security measures on electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones and tablets. Effectively immediately, security officers at some overseas airports with direct flights to the U.S. may ask travelers to power on their devices. Powerless devices can be legally confiscated for safety reasons.
Why It Matters:Most U.S. travelers bring their smartphones along when traveling and travel with an additional personal electronic device, such as a tablet or laptop. This critical mass has been fueling the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement and pushing airlines to change their in-flight entertainment options and policies. Travelers who have become dependent on their devices should plan ahead by charging their devices, or they risk having them taken away.
Fast Facts:- TSA did not provide specific reasons for why the new measures were being introduced.
- According to PC World, the measures are in response to reports that terrorists are working on using electronic devices as bombs.
- TSA did not disclose the airports abroad where the restriction on electronic devices will be enforced.
What They Are Saying:“We will work to ensure these necessary steps pose as few disruptions to travelers as possible," said Jeh Johnson, secretary of Homeland Security. "We are sharing recent and relevant information with our foreign allies and are consulting the aviation industry. These communications are an important part of our commitment to providing our security partners with situational awareness about the current environment and protecting the traveling public.”