U.S. Tightens Security Screenings Overseas for Electronic Devices
Travelers heading to the United States from over a dozen foreign airports will encounter new screening measures at airport security checkpoints starting Sunday.
The move follows last week’s announcement by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson about plans for “enhanced security measures” at “certain overseas airports with direct flights to the United States.”
On Sunday, the Transportation Security Administration said that passengers boarding flights to the United States at such airports may be asked to turn on electronic devices, including mobile phones and that any devices that are out of battery power “will not be permitted onboard the aircraft.”
The latest security measures are intended to detect a new generation of bombs, possibly embedded in electronic devices, which would not be detected under previous security protocols
Speaking on the NBC news program “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Mr. Johnson said that the new procedures are “not something to overreact to or overspeculate about. But it’s something we felt was necessary.”
On a statement on the department’s website, Johnson promised that the new measures will be implemented “without unnecessary disruptions to the traveling public.”
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