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Either juice it up, or give it up!

Those are the two options the Transportation Security Administration are giving travelers flying directly into the United States from overseas.

Passengers are being asked to turn on their cellphones and laptops before boarding their aircraft, officials said Sunday. If the device is not able to turn on, the passenger will be denied boarding, or may risk having to leave their device behind. This extra layer of security announced Sunday is in response to reports that terrorists are designing bombs hidden inside smartphones and laptops.

“As the traveling public knows, all electronic devices are screened by security officers,” the TSA said. “During the security examination, officers may also ask that owners power up some devices, including cellphones. Powerless devices will not be permitted on board the aircraft.”

Officials haven’t made it clear which airports will be included in this increased security effort, but many are hoping that this added layer of security to an already hectic system will be more of a help than a hinderance for travelers.


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