New flight security causes passenger hassle
Newly implemented anti-terrorism regulations that were green-lit by the UK government on Monday (July 7th) have been causing confusion, with travellers being asked to ensure their mobile phones and other devices are charged up before they get on the plane.
Passengers travelling to the UK to the US will be asked to switch their devices on at airports to prove that they work. If that iPhone or Samsung does not have any power, they will be asked to leave it behind.
It’s all come from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which has justified its measures by saying that it is aiming to prevent another terror attack.
“Our job is to … try to anticipate the next attack, not simply react to the last one,” commented secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson.
“So we continually evaluate the world situation, and we know that there remains a terrorist threat to the United States, and aviation security is a large part of that. This is not something to overreact to or over-speculate about.”
Already, the new rules have caused something of a stir, with BA reversing a decision that would have prevented passengers flying if they had wanted to keep the device. Now, the airline is offering to keep it or ship it ahead on a different flight as a compromise.
Details about why the new measures have been introduced are understandably sketchy due to their nature, but Mr Johnson has said they are the appropriate actions and will add to the already robust security in airports and on planes.
However, the move has been controversial as many commentators have pointed out it will likely result in delays and disruption for very little threat.
For your part as a passenger, it’s important to keep your phone charged, especially if you are transferring anywhere before going to the US. Be prepared and book adequate travel insurance.