Cell phone flat? Forget about boarding your flight

2014-07-09 11:43

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London - Ever had one of those disastrous airport trips where everything just seems to be going wrong, and then to top it all off your cell phone is on 1% battery and there’s nowhere to charge it before you fly.

It’s the worst, isn’t it?

Well, news.co.au reports that it’s about to get even worse for passengers flying into or out of British and US airports, as uncharged phones and laptops will soon be a big taboo.  

New security checks will see passengers being asked to turn their electronic devices on. If they are not able to do so, the will be barred from boarding the flight, even if they offer to leave their device behind.  

Apparently, the stringent new rules surrounding electronics have been informed by the suspicion that extremists such as Al-Qaeda could use rundown electronics to hide explosives, as their latest tactic in a long campaign of attacks involving jets.

The Telegraph reports that even a new device bought in the airport lounge after passing through security will have to be charged up or the passenger will not be allowed to board at the gate.  

Any transfer passenger whose device has gone flat on the first leg will also be prevented from their onward travel unless they can recharge first.

The screenings will only apply to passengers flying into the UK or US from Europe, Africa and the Middle East. 
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