Updated: Looks like Europe agrees this is a good idea. Was there some sort of tablet/smartphone bomb plot I’m blissfully unaware of?
A minor change was made to security checks by the TSA over the weekend, one that involves the electronics that you travel with. On some international flights that are headed to the US, TSA agents may check to make sure that electronics can be powered up. Should those devices that are checked not power up, the TSA may not permit them from making the flight with you.
Here is a part of the statement released by the TSA:
“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.”
Looks like yet another reason to charge up and power-on before you board.