The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has required the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to implement enhanced security measures at certain airports overseas with direct flights to the United States.
US officials have not specified what intelligence led to the new call for heightened security, nor which airports or countries will be affected.
As the traveling public knows, all electronic devices are screened by security officers. During the security examination, officers may also ask that owners power up some devices, including cell phones.
Powerless devices will not be permitted on-board the aircraft. The traveler may also undergo additional screening.
Aviation remains an attractive target to global terrorists, who are consistently looking for ways to circumvent our aviation security measures. TSA will continue to adjust security measures to ensure that travelers are guaranteed the highest levels of aviation security conducted as conveniently as possible.