The Transportation Security Administration has announced that they'll be asking random passengers boarding flights from overseas airports with direct flights to the U.S. to power on their devices before boarding. If the device won't turn on, they won't be let on planes and passengers will have to undergo additional screening.
Though the TSA has not disclosed which airports will be participating in the new initiative, a spokesperson claims it is intended to protect.
Via the AP:
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh (JAY') Johnson recently ordered the TSA to put extra security measures in place at some international airports with direct flights to the United States.
American intelligence officials have been concerned about new al-Qaida efforts to produce a bomb that would go undetected through airport security.
Airplane mode could now be rendered irrelevant.
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