TSA May Stop You from Boarding Your Plane if Your iPhone isn’t Charged

IphoneThe TSA has announced a new set of airport rules regarding electronic devices.

Last week, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson directed TSA to implement enhanced security measures at certain overseas airports with direct flights to the United States.

As the traveling public knows, all electronic devices are screened by security officers. During the security examination, officers may also ask that owners power up some devices, including cell phones. Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft. The traveler may also undergo additional screening.

TSA will continue to adjust security measures to ensure that travelers are guaranteed the highest levels of aviation security conducted as conveniently as possible.


  1. The Milkman says

    Announcements like this are good reminders for me to be sure to charge my phone completely before traveling. However, it should also be a wakeup call for the iPhone people to build a better battery.

  2. BreckRoy says

    I am gonna assume they’ll have put the most common chargers available. There really are only two that cover 90% of phones. That way there will be far fewer missed flights and drama.

  3. EchtKultig says

    Just when you think security theater can’t get any more ridiculous…it does. Think about the spacial volume of a putative “smart phone bomb”. You could easily fit that into a laptop computer body and have the laptop still appear to function normally. Or the liquid rules…12 oz of liquid TATP or whatever could be carried by 4 terrorists, each under the 3 oz limit. It’s all so utterly silly. The main reason Islamic terrorists haven’t blown up any more planes since 9/11 is because they haven’t wanted to badly enough, not because of the TSA.

  4. crispy says

    Everyone seems to be overlooking the critical part of this story: “certain overseas airports.” They’re not going to ask you to power up your cellphone on your flight to Charlotte.

    But do, please freak out over the TSA’s intrusion on your precious privacy.

  5. Mike says

    Legally they can’t ask you for your access code, or make you open your phone. So this is all about trying to get around this and has nothing to do with real security.

  6. Bosie says

    hey half of the idiots on here…how did iPhones came into the conversation? oh and if you dont have an apple product shut your pie hole. idiots. as for the TSA…yeah they’re dumb.

  7. woodroad34 says

    So, exactly, why does a phone or other wireless device have to be powered up? If they’re not capable of being turned on how does that affect the flight? Sorry to be clueless, but this seems to be quite the overreach.

  8. Rob says

    @Woodroad34 To prove they’re actual electronic devices and not shells filled with explosives.

    This is not a new policy; it is merely being brought back to the forefront by current intelligence.

    Hell, a couple years ago you had to power up your laptop to travel domestically.

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