US-bound passengers must turn on electronics during screenings

July 7, 2014 

ORLANDO -- Airline passengers coming into the U.S. should start preparing for stricter security measures.

The Transportation Security Administration has announced a series of new measures aimed at combating potential new terror threats overseas.

Travelers may soon be asked to turn on all personal electronic devices during screening at overseas airports.

The new TSA measure is to prove electronics aren’t explosive devices.

If the electronic device you’re traveling with cannot turn on, you won’t be able to take it with you on the plane and may have to undergo additional screening.

These changes would primarily focus on airports in the Middle East and Europe and only affect passengers traveling into the U.S.

"Our job is to try to anticipate the next attack, not simply react to the last one,” said Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. “And so we continually evaluate the world situation, and we know that there remains a terrorist threat to the United States, and aviation security is a large part of that."

The TSA does have to coordinate with foreign governments, overseas airlines and private security companies to initiate the changes.

The new effort does not change what travelers can take aboard flights. However, there will be additional inspections of shoes and the use of scanners designed to detect explosives.

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