“Enhanced security measures at certain airports overseas – Sunday, July 6, 2014
Last week, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson directed TSA to implement enhanced security measures at certain overseas airports with direct flights to the United States.
As the traveling public knows, all electronic devices are screened by security officers. 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.
TSA will continue to adjust security measures to ensure that travelers are guaranteed the highest levels of aviation security conducted as conveniently as possible.”
What this means, to me, is if your phone battery is dead you may have to go back and get some quick power before you proceed through security. That is great if you have plenty of time to do so. What if you don’t?
I have given away literally dozens of “battery bricks” here on the blog on SWAG Saturday. I have personally upgraded my battery brick from small ones to now one big enough to recharge my laptop from zero to full if need be. My wife has one and I have a car power port to USB charger always with me in case the car I rent does not have USB power pre-installed.
My wife also always says anything you can fix for $25 is not worth stressing about when you travel. Can you imagine the stress of the choice between boarding and tossing out your cell phone or iPad? That is why we should always have a charged battery brick with us just in case. It has saved my back side more than once and now, in case my phone is dead at a TSA checkpoint, I could always just plug in and fire the puppy up. – René
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