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New TSA measure: turn on your electronics for checking

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Jetting off to somewhere exotic for a shoot? Read up on the new guidelines from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) before you get on that plane.

On Sunday, the TSA says it may now require passengers on flights bound to the United States to turn on their electronic devices to prove they are what they are – not explosives.

So before you travel, make sure you power it up, or else, you’ll have to leave it behind. Travelers with powerless devices may also have to go through additional screening.

The new enhanced security measures are part of attempts to fight potential new terrorist threats from the Middle East and Europe. US officials are reportedly concerned about the possibility of terrorists creating bombs that could pass through the current security checkpoints.

In a press release, the TSA says Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson directed the new rule. CNN says it’s not known what other measures the TSA will implement next.

“TSA will continue to adjust security measures to ensure that travelers are guaranteed the highest levels of aviation security conducted as conveniently as possible,” the press release read.

The measure doesn’t involve changes to what passengers are permitted to carry onboard flights. But they may have to go through more inspections, additional scanners, and more stages of screening.

So before you carry all your photographic gear on your next flight, make sure you’ve powered it up. You wouldn’t want to leave them behind and lose a great photo opportunity.

Sources:

CNN

TSA

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