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U.S. tightens security on electronics at overseas airports

Monday, Jul 07, 2014 - 01:05

The TSA says passengers may be required to turn on their cell phones on U.S.-bound planes at some overseas airports, as part of heightened security measures announced last week amid security concerns over terror plots. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Airline passengers are used to having to turn OFF their electronic devices when boarding. Now, new rules mean some passengers will be asked to turn them ON. The TSA announced heightened security measures on Sunday over electronic devices on U.S.-bound flights from certain airports overseas. The new rules mean security agents at checkpoints can ask passengers to turn on their devices. If a device doesn't appear to have power, it won't be allowed on board. SOUNDBITE: PASSENGER JOHN FURTH SAYING: "That's gonna be difficult 'cuz there's been plenty of times that my phone's been out of juice at the airport." U.S. officials say the new measures are part of TSA's heightened security measures announced last week. Those came in response to security concerns that al-Qaeda and its affiliates may be plotting to blow up an airliner. SOUNDBITE: PASSENGER AL DION SAYING: "I'm all for it, because when you're on the plane, something happens like that, they're trying to protect us." Officials are concerned that cell phones, tablets and other devices could be used as a bomb. They've singled out smart phones and are also calling for closer inspections of passenger's shoes.

U.S. tightens security on electronics at overseas airports

Monday, Jul 07, 2014 - 01:05

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