A minor change was made to security checks by the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) over the weekend, one that involves the electronics that you travel with. On some international flights that are headed to the US, TSA agents may check to make sure that electronics can be powered up. Should those devices that are checked not power up, the TSA may not permit them from making the flight with you.
In other words, if you are traveling internationally to the US, make sure your electronics have juice and can be powered up. Better yet, make sure things like your phone and tablet are already powered on as you go through security, if you want to make the process seamless.
Here is a part of the statement released by the TSA:
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 onboard the aircraft. The traveler may also undergo additional screening.
For most, this won’t be an issue, since you likely only travel with a phone, tablet and computer. Then there are those of us who review electronics for a living and travel with sometimes 3-4 phones, a tablet or two, and a laptop. Thankfully, we keep it domestic around these parts.