If you’re catching a flight to the US, you would now be well advised to make sure your smartphone is fully charged before you head to the airport.
The US government has introduced new rules which demand that anyone boarding an international flight to the country must have their electronic devices scrutinised by security before getting on the plane, adding to the the multitude of things mobile users have to think about when going abroad.
As a part of these checks, gadgets that won’t switch on may not be allowed on the aircraft, meaning that their owners will either be forced to abandon them or miss their flight.
Tech site Pocket-lint quotes the American Transport Security Administration as saying “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 traveller may also undergo additional screening.”
No specific reasons for the additional checks have been given, although speculation suggests that there are fears about explosive devices that may have been developed to be undetectable to airport security.
Heathrow Airport in London is reported to be one of the places that the the new checks will be introduced, possibly affecting many people flying to the US from the UK.