Airport security to crack down on electronic devices

The Google Guys Get Their Own Airport Still

US officials have ordered overseas airports to increase their level of security with passengers' electronic devices.

Passengers travelling with electronics will be asked to power them on, and those devices that do not power up will not be allowed to board any aircrafts according to a statement by the Transport Security Administration (TSA).

The statement reads: "As the traveling public knows, all electronic devices are screened by security officers.

"During the security examination, 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.

"TSA will continue to adjust security measures to ensure that travelers are guaranteed the highest levels of aviation security conducted as conveniently as possible."

According to the BBC London's Heathrow airport, as well as airports in France and Germany, are among those who will be complying with the TSA's new screening checks.

The TSA announced last week that they were planning on implementing new measures allegedly in response to a terror threat, but no further details have been released.

Several reports are claiming terrorists in Yemen and Syria are developing new types of bombs that are capable of evading airport security.

With today's technological advancements it isn't too far-fetched to think that bombs or other threatening devices could be build into the shells of smartphones or tablets.

Despite probably disrupting passenger check-in times somewhat, this new measure seems quite logical given the threats that western countries continue to be faced with.

So innocent travellers take note because 9 times out of 10 you are the ones who are going to be most affected by this new measure. Make sure phones, tablets, laptops etc have some charge when you're about to fly!