New security targets 'dead' devices on international flights

DULLES, Va. (WUSA9) -- If you plan to fly internationally, you may have to undergo extra security.

The announcement made Sunday by the Department of Homeland Security secretary said passengers traveling with phones or tablets will be subject to an extra step.

Travelers will be asked to turn their cell phone or tablet on while going through security and if the device doesn't work, it can't go on board.

"Anything that can help us be safer is a good thing," says Kathy Moses, who is flying to Denmark. Moses is with a group headed to Denmark for a soccer tournament.

Although they won't have to show proof of power on their outbound flight, they might on the way home. A small hassle she and the rest of her group say they don't mind.

"I will show them my phone. If it's part of security, I'll show it," says Olivia Assenat. "It's not an inconvenience. For safety's sake it's always a good idea to check things out," agrees Kenny Furrow.

In a statement, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said "We will continue to adjust security measures to promote aviation security without unnecessary disruptions to the traveling public."

That disruption is something Qatar Aairlines employee Mohaned Khalifa says he could see posing a problem.

"Most passengers will be pretty upset, they are already upset how many times we have to check their passports," says Khalifa.

No specific countries have been named for where the extra security will be implemented, but it will likely be flights originating in Europe or the Middle East.

Government officials say the change in security was not prompted by new intelligence, but that the use of devices as explosives or to trigger explosives has long been a problem.

The new measures will not impact domestic flights.

The TSA also called for closer inspections of passengers' shoes.


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