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TSA Requires Charged Devices At Some Overseas Airports
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Peter Mantello
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Peter Mantello,
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7/9/2014 | 9:00:06 PM
Re: TSA Phone Inspections
To make policy based on conjecture can only be defined as the ficitional essence of the War on Terror. However,

a solution is at hand. Simply put an extension cord at the screening table. 90% of travelers carry their chargers.

For those that do not, TSA (since the waste huge amounts of money anyways on INSECURITY THEATRE, should have the basic charger models or at least adapters available for travelers. Worst scenario if a traveler is faced with losing a valuable piece of electronics and going to a designated space for charging and lose some time, I am sure they will take the other option.

But again, if you listen to the rhetoric espoused by security experts it is laden with terms like 'unspecific information', general trend, and the rise of terror related incidents. However, it has been statistically proven that death by a meteor strike is a 1000 times more probably than terrorist strike.

THe monetization of fear is perhaps the most lucrative industry next to the industry of war. 
vnewman2
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vnewman2,
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7/7/2014 | 3:10:55 PM
Re: TSA Phone Inspections
I'm curious to know how the TSA plans to enforce this kind of screening at some rogue middle eastern airport...

Does anyone know how this works?

From the TSA website: We are sharing recent and relevant information with our foreign allies and are consulting the aviation industry.

Hmmm...well yeah we wouldn't want to share any information with our non-allies of course, so if certain airports are deemed threats, how do you make a non-ally nation comply with a rule of US governmental body like the TSA?
Ariella
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Ariella,
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7/7/2014 | 2:51:27 PM
Re: TSA Phone Inspections
@Thomas yes, I could see that happening easily. My phone typically holds charge fine for a couple of days and then suddenly seems to drop to zero. Normally I can charge it at home, but if I were en route, that could pose a problem. One of my friends shared the same news today and said she was glad she invested in a $15 charger to be assured her phone won't be confiscated. 
ChrisMurphy
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7/7/2014 | 2:39:38 PM
Re: TSA Phone Inspections
That's a good point about the cords. I wonder if there are outlets available for use, and whether powering up with a cord is acceptable. It would seem like an easy fix to the problem, since who takes their phone and no power cord? 
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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7/7/2014 | 1:53:05 PM
Re: TSA Phone Inspections
I see this being a problem when re-entering the US at an airport like JFK, after a long flight, to change planes. Your battery may be drained and you won't have any opportuntiy to recharge it before having to pass through security a second time after exiting passport control.
Lorna Garey
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Lorna Garey,
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7/7/2014 | 1:42:31 PM
Re: TSA Phone Inspections
It's surprising this has taken so long to come into effect. I don't know about anyone else, but the power cords for all my devices travel in the same bag, so even if a phone or laptop is out of juice, it's easy enough to plug it in on the spot.

 
anon0395693959
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7/7/2014 | 12:05:45 PM
TSA Phone Inspections
Great.  Now, to kill a TSA employee and maybe destroy an inspection site, all a terrorist has to do is program a 'phone to detonate when the "on" button is pressed!

An exploding phone could be substituted by a terrorist pickpocket, so an innocent traveller is killed, too . . ..


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