Changes to TSA Security Rules Overseas – Power Up!

by Beth Whitman (July 14th, 2014)

TSA Airport ScreeningI’ve written quite a bit about TSA rules, the use of body scanners and the rights of airline passengers.

It’s difficult enough to keep up with all the changes implemented by governmental agencies and airlines. But it’s no wonder this one slipped by me (and most of the media, apparently) because it was quietly announced on July 2, when no one’s thinking about much more than fireworks and BBQ’s.

Here’s the lowdown.

The TSA changed their security measures once again by enhancing screening at some overseas airports. For direct flights to the U.S., you may be asked to power up electronics. No power? The electronic item gets left behind.

I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve boarded a flight with little-to-no juice left on my cell phone or laptop because I have used up most of the power in-flight during a long trip and couldn’t find a power plug at the airport during my layover.

According to the TSA website, “…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.”

The TSA added this new requirement based on information that terrorists may have a way to mask explosives so they aren’t detected by scanners or pat downs.

Unfortunately, they have not specified at which airports you can expect this new security measure. So at this point, you won’t know in advance whether your electronics may be checked.

Best thing to do is make sure you’re carrying power cords in your carry-on bag. Here’s one more thing to add to your bag subject to size and weight limits.

Not that I don’t appreciate the TSA looking out for the safety of all passengers, but the randomness and lack of consistency and information at this government agency is frustrating and does nothing toward making travel a better experience.

Add the TSA to the list of organizations/companies I wish Richard Branson would take over :-).

Travel Well,


Related links:
Customs May Seize Your Electronics
TSA Body Scanners

Photo credit:
Airport Security – Dan Paluska

On July 14th, 2014 at 6:33 am, Kara said:

I had seen this a few days ago somewhere. Probably on Twitter….

Good to know though as we are flying in 11 days time!

On July 15th, 2014 at 11:12 am, Julie Daily said:

I didn’t find this to be very quiet. I saw this on my FB feed numerous times, and on the network news among other place. But, I am a bit of a news junkie.

On July 15th, 2014 at 11:26 am, Beth Whitman said:

Glad you saw it Julie. I saw it posted on one person’s facebook feed and didn’t really hear much other fanfare about it.

The fact that it was announced on July 2 leaves me questioning how much they actually wanted this in the news.

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