U.S. TSA to stop mobiles that won’t turn on at Overseas Airports

The Transportation Security Administration in the U.S. will not allow mobile phones or other electronic devices on U.S.-bound planes at some overseas airports if the devices are not charged.

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

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

U.S. officials are concerned that a mobile phone, tablet, laptop or other electronic device could be used as a bomb.

U.S. officials singled out smartphones including iPhones and Galaxy phones for extra security checks on U.S.-bound direct flights from Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

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