Powering Up Devices At Airport Security Within The US

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It didn’t take too long for the US to extend the scheme of powering up mobile devices and laptops, even when traveling domestically, at the TSA security checkpoints.

According to the Bloomberg piece that I saw and the LA Times article, the powering up is not required by every passenger. If your device doesn’t power up, you must check it in or throw it away.

You can access the LA Times piece here.

Here are some tidbits from the LA Times:

A requirement that passengers on U.S.-bound flights power up electronic devices at overseas airport security checkpoints is being expanded to some fliers on domestic flights, government officials say.

The Transportation Security Administration called for the increased security measures earlier this month for travelers on direct flights from the Middle East, Europe and Africa, amid fears that terrorists have developed new bomb-making technology.

Now in addition to those flights, selected travelers on domestic flights will be asked to prove that their electronic devices can power up.

“During the security examination, officers may also ask that owners power up some devices, including cellphones,” a Department of Homeland Security official said. “Devices selected for this screening that are unable to power up will not be permitted onboard the aircraft. The traveler may also undergo additional screening.”

Government officials stress that the new security measure won’t be imposed on every travelers but will primarily target passenger on a federal terrorism “watch list.”

TSA Airport Security

Conclusion

First it was the footwear, then the liquids and now mobile/electronic devices. What will come next? Simply because a device can turn on or off is no indicator to it’s safety or danger of being nefarious. Let’s not forget that fully working cellphones are often used as triggers for incendiary devices.

I am sure there are plenty of folks that can come up with creative ideas to bring explosives on-board if they really want, take a look at the “underwear” and “shoe” bombers. For the most part security is a game of catch-up… tending to be reactive rather than proactive.

While I am certainly for “security”, I am not for the security theater that we currently have and it’s tendency to get more ridiculous.

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