Make sure you start putting a fresh set of batteries in your cameras, phones, and other devices prior to going on your next flight. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) put out a release on Sunday that the security screeners at most overseas airports will be asking passengers who are taking flights to the United States to turn on their electronic devices to show that they are not explosives and are truly just regular electronic devices.According to CNN, if your device is not charged or turned on, it will not be allowed on the plane and you will be forced through an additional level of screening. CNN's article went on to point out that "the effort does not involve changes to what travelers can take aboard flights." You may see more inspection of shoes and electronics with more scanners designed to find smaller explosives. Also, there may be yet another stage of screening added to some, if not all, of the boarding gates according to officials.
Some people may be throwing arms in the air saying this is ridiculous and unnecessary. On the other hand, I feel that even though this may be another annoying step of security, it is worth it. In the last 10-15 years we have seen airline security boosted to an extreme level and at this point in time, I think our society has become accustomed to it. These measures are put in place for a reason.
A great quote I found on the CNN site by the Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, to NBC's "Meet the Press" said:
Our job is to ... try to anticipate the next attack, not simply react to the last one. 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.
These new rules and changes are coming in to play based on intelligence on terror groups looking to use new types of explosives built to be harder to detect. If you were to take our your DSLR, you can easily see how large it is and how much space could be gutted from it to hide some type of explosive or terror device. If we take a look at recent wars, we find that these terrorists are using things such as pop cans to fit bombs in. If they can use something that size, they can definitely use a DSLR or electronic device. These new rules help make sure these devices are not triggers or gutted to have explosives.
What are your thoughts on these new rules being put in place to some countries flights into the United States?
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