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New TSA Regulations Target Dead Electronics

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Traveling abroad? Be sure to keep your gadgets fully charged. A new mandate by the Transportation Security Administration is asking airport security to pay special attention to travelers’ electronics, following reports of terrorist threats involving explosives concealed in phone look-alikes. While Apple and Samsung phones were specifically called out on the TSA’s memo, any electronics that can hold a charge—laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc.—are being screened. Those that don’t turn on will be confiscated, and their owners will be subject to further investigation.

While the TSA is calling the shots, the new procedures won’t impact domestic travel. The administration is instead working with security agencies at select international airports to immediately set the standards into place (and if you’re wondering which hubs to be most worried about, specific airports have not been disclosed). Along with their ban on dead electronics, airport security will also be taking a closer look at shoes—which can only mean longer lines across the board.     

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Nikki Ekstein is an Assistant Editor at Travel + Leisure and part of the Trip Doctor news team. Find her on Twitter at @nikkiekstein.

Photo courtesy of Randall Benton/ZUMA Press/Corbis

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