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Cellphones, other electronics to be banned from some US-bound planes if they're not charged

Published on Jul 7, 2014 1:31 AM
 
A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent checks luggage as passengers arrive for flights at O'Hare International Airport May 23, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The TSA will not allow cellphones or other electronic devices on US-bound planes at some overseas airports if the devices are not charged up, the agency said. -- PHOTO: AFP 

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will not allow cellphones or other electronic devices on US-bound planes at some overseas airports if the devices are not charged up, the agency said on Sunday.

The new measure is part of the TSA's effort announced last week to boost security amid concerns that the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and the Islamist Nusra Front, Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, are plotting to blow up an airliner, US officials said.

As part of the increased scrutiny at certain airports, security agents may ask travellers to turn on their electronic devices at checkpoints and if they do not have power, the devices will not be allowed on planes, the TSA said.

A US source familiar with the matter said laptop computers are among the devices security screeners may require passengers to turn on.

 
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