U.S. tightens security on electronics at
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[July 07, 2014]
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S.
Transportation Security Administration will not allow cellphones or
other electronic devices on U.S.-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 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, U.S. officials said.
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, the TSA said.
A U.S. source familiar with the matter said laptop computers are
among the devices security screeners may require passengers to turn
U.S. officials are concerned that a cellphone, tablet, laptop or
other electronic device could be used as a bomb.
U.S. officials singled out smartphones including iPhones made by
Apple Inc and Galaxy phones made by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd for
extra security checks on U.S.-bound direct flights from Europe, the
Middle East and Africa.
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The TSA also called for closer checks on travelers' shoes.
(Additional reporting by Mark Hosenball; Writing by Bill Trott;
Editing by Jim Loney and Marguerita Choy)
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