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Traveling Abroad? New T.S.A. Rules For Inbound Flights To The U.S.A.

In response to intelligence reports about possible terrorist attacks Al Qaeda groups in Yemen, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued new rules for flights inbound to the USA. The New York Times reported:

"... the United States has, for the first time, asked officials at more than a dozen foreign airports to confiscate from passengers any electronic devices that cannot be turned on, American officials said on Monday... Passengers will have to turn on the electronic devices while being screened by security personnel to prove that the devices are harmless, the T.S.A. said Sunday. The fear is that unresponsive phones have been hollowed out and filled with explosives..."

The affected airports are in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The TSA does not screen passengers at foreign airports. The government agencies in each country perform that task, but:

"... foreign airports have to meet a series of requirements from the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration in checking such passengers before they board."

If you will travel abroad, this means you should make sure that all of your electronic devices (e.g., laptops, smartphones, tablets, etc.) are charged because you will be asked to turn them on in order to board your flight to the USA. Otherwise, you may have to leave behind your powerless device.

Read the July 6 announcement by the TSA.

What are your opinions of the new T.S.A. rules?

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