TSA will not permit powerless electronic devices

WASHINGTON (WUSA 9) -- Electronic devices that cannot be powered up for screening by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers will not be allowed on planes, according to a TSA press release sent out on Sunday.

The release stated that during security examinations, travelers could be asked to power up electronic devices, including cellphones. If the device is powerless, it will not be permitted on-board. It also said that travelers with such devices may be required to undergo additional screening.

This update comes after last week's announcement from Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) would be stepping up security for some direct overseas flights to the U.S.

"I have directed TSA to implement enhanced security measures in the coming days at certain overseas airports with direct flights to the United States. We will work to ensure these necessary steps pose as few disruptions to travelers as possible," said Johnson in the July 2 announcement.


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