USA bans uncharged cell phones, laptops from some flights

Can you imagine being asked by TSA that you need to power up your iDevices before going on the plane and if not they will take it away?  According to the TSA, certain flights coming into the US internationally are asking passengers to power up their devices.  The TSA enhanced security procedures on flights that now include uncharged cell phones or iDevices onto planes.

“The Transportation Security Administration says that security has been stepped up on certain flights into the US. This includes asking passengers to power up their devices.  If you’re flying into the US from certain countries, you may discover that getting through security will become even more time-consuming and stressful.  The US Transportation Security Administration revealed on Sunday that enhanced security procedures on flights coming to the US now include not allowing uncharged cell phones and other devices onto planes.  In a statement earlier this week, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said that the new measures were the result of a re-evaluation of measures “to promote aviation security.”  There is no official list of which airports are affected. However, London’s Heathrow is one of them. Reports suggest that the enhanced measures are in response to information that terrorists in Syria and Yemen have developed bombs that might evade the previous screening processes.  What’s clear is that personal devices are being targeted. The TSA statement said: “During the security examination, officers may also ask that owners power up some devices, including cell phones. Powerless devices will not be permitted on board the aircraft. The traveler may also undergo additional screening.” IPhones and Samsung Galaxys have already been singled out for additional scrutiny at certain airports in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.  Though the TSA said that it is constantly adjusting its procedures, there’s reason to believe that security checks might become even more stringent.” (CNET)

If you have any questions and are traveling in the near future, please contact TSA and see what flights you’ll need to power up your devices before getting onto the plane.  For more information, please contact Cohen Electronics at 323-380-5612.  You may email us at or visit our website at


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