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Charge your phones and laptops before taking a US-bound flight

Passengers may be asked to switch on devices before boarding, says TSA

Published Mon, Jul 7, 2014 · 10:00 PM
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[WASHINGTON] Air travellers with smartphones or other electronic devices must be able to turn them on to take them aboard under new security measures, US authorities have said .

US-bound travellers from Europe and the Middle East have faced tighter airport security in recent days over fears that militants linked to Al-Qaeda are developing new explosives that could be slipped onto planes undetected.

The checks focused on electronic items such as laptops and smartphones, amid fears that extremists such as Al-Qaeda could use them as their latest tactic in a long campaign of attacks involving jets.

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