Date
17 August 2017
New US security measures mean that passengers flying from some airports to the United States will have to charge up their phones if want to board US-bound flights. Photo: Reuters
New US security measures mean that passengers flying from some airports to the United States will have to charge up their phones if want to board US-bound flights. Photo: Reuters

US puts uncharged phones on no-fly list

Passengers must charge up their mobile phones and other electronic devices before they board US-bound flights at some airports, Reuters reported Sunday, citing the US Transportation Security Administration.

The new measure comes amid concerns that Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and the Islamist Nusra Front, al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, are plotting to blow up an airliner, the report said.

The agency is trying to prevent cellphones, tablets, laptops or other electronic devices being used as a bomb, it said. Smartphones including Apple iPhones and Galaxy phones made by Samsung will come in for extra scrutiny.

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