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TSA asking passengers to turn electronics on
Washington Overseas travelers coming to the U.S. may see enhanced security at airports, including being asked to turn on mobile phones and other electronic devices, an order that has been issued by the Transportation Security Administration.
The new order was issued due to concerns about potential terror threats and explosives that could be hidden inside the devices.
Any devices that cant be turned on will not be allowed on the plane, including mobile phones, DVD players and laptops. All of these types of devices must be turned on at the gate.
They are small items but it takes very little explosives to penetrate the hull of an aircraft and cause catastrophic damage, said former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.
Fighting and instability in Syria and Iraq has American officials worried that both countries have become a breeding ground for jihadists, some of whom, have passports.
I believe that weve taken the appropriate measures to deal with the existing situation and not unnecessarily burden the traveling public, said Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
The TSA is asking some of the 250 international airports with direct flights to the U.S. to have some passengers prove they can power up their electronic devices before boarding.
Last week, U.S. officials raised red flags that bomb makers from Yemen may have traveled to Syrica to connect with extremists there.
It was Yemeni bomb makers who were responsible for the failed underwear bomber and the attempt to turn printer cartridges into bombs.
There is, however, no indication a cell phone or electronic device bomb has been created.