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UK Airlines Follow in TSA's Footsteps Banning Uncharged Electronic Devices From Flights

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    As we reported previously, the TSA in the United States is now requiring all passengers traveling into the U.S. from international destinations to power on their smartphones and tablets before being allowed to board their flights. This is an effort to thwart potential terrorist activity by hiding a bomb in a smartphone.

    By requiring passengers to turn on and show the device functioning it basically proves (for the most part) that it isn't a bomb. Of course, this means passengers need to have the forethought to charge their devices ahead of time. Effectively, this bans uncharged devices from flights. It now looks like airlines in the UK are following the TSA lead as they have begun instituting the policy as well.

    Here's a quote with the details,

    Consider yourselves officially informed. :)

    Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/aviation-security-update
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    Kind of wondering about the fine print here...what if your device dies, because you dutifully arrived at the airport hours early, but ALL the charging ports and outlets were taken? I'm guessing TSA or whoever will provide the means for a quick-charge? Seems like a good plan for lots of angry passengers. :eek:

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    Except this is TSA we are talking about. You know the same TSA that seems to some how let an undercover reporter slip through with all kinds of weapons but man handles a 70 year old or infant because they are trying to keep us safe. I am sure if you happen to have your phone die they are not going to look at it like you were waiting at the airport for hours they are going gong ho on you in the back treating you like you had ill intentions.
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    As someone who has traveled the world frequently for the last 27 years and seen all kind of crazy security rules at some strange airports, this is not a big deal. Charge your phone before you go through security and no big deal. If it dies in the terminal (after you have passed through security)...no big deal. When I am in a plane on a long overseas flight I want to feel safe..first and foremost. Comfort comes second...making it home safely to my family is the #1 priority. Personally... would gladly walk through the security checkpoint in my underwear with my phone turned on if it means that the flight is safe! Obviously there is good intel which has triggered these decisions. It's sad that this is the world we live in...but it is what it is. That's just my 2 cents...which is not much! :D
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    Agree first and foremost I am all about being safe. I have nothing to hide and most of the time I am all set ready to go when I get to the front of the security line. I do not think any one here would give the TSA a hard way to go when it come to rules established for safety.

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