TSA enhances screening at airports overseas

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- TSA is enhancing security at some airports overseas and if you're traveling and your cell phone isn't powered up, it may keep you from getting on your flight.

Taking your laptop out of its bag for screening at the airport is part of the TSA screening process, but now direct flights to the U.S. from airports overseas will also require passengers to power up their electronic devices, and if they're dead, they won't be allowed on-board.

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"It seems a little excessive to me," said Becky McDougall, a passenger at JIA.

The new TSA screening step is causing mixed opinions from passengers. The Department of Homeland Security says it continues to assess global threats and the enhanced security measures are part of an effort to avoid explosives disguised as electronics from making it onto an aircraft.

"Well I mean the terrorists are getting smarter and they're coming up with ways, I mean they have ways of getting around the system," said Mamie Morrow.

Morrow lives in Jacksonville and flies out of JIA once a month to travel for work. She says there has to be another way to screen the devices because dead cell phones and laptops happen when you are traveling.

"Mine does all the time," said Morrow.

McDougall says she doesn't travel often, but on Monday, she was flying back home to Denver after visiting family in Jacksonville. She says it's not unusual to use up all the power on your cell phone while you're waiting for your flight.

"Like especially if you have a layover anything like that and you're looking for directions to the airport, that kind of thing. It would be easy, very easy for mine to run out," added McDougall.

If your cell phone does not power off, you may be subject to additional screening. The Department of Homeland Security says they will make sure TSA can complete these screenings with as few disruptions to travelers as possible.


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