TSA is Making Some Changes That May Make Travel a Bit Harder
If you have ever traveled you know that going through security can sometimes be a bit of a hassle. With the new changes the TSA announced, it might become even more of one.
In a statement from 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.”
What does that mean? That means if you drain your phone, tablet or computer battery on the drive to the airport and you can't turn it on at security, it is not making the trip with you. Why can't you bring it if you can't turn it on? Homeland Security have a deepening concern that terrorists are trying to develop new bombs that will resemble those commonly used devices. TSA will want to make sure the device you have is able to turn on and use to prove that it is what it says it is. Also, travelers may also have to deal with additional screening.
On top of those new guidelines, the TSA will also be raising their mandatory fee for screening you. The old law was the fee was $2.50 for each leg of flight and a $5 cap on a one-way. Starting July 21st, the fee is now $5.60 for each leg of flight and now there is now cap. That means if you have anything longer than a 4 hour layover for a domestic flight or 12 hour international destinations, it is gonna count as a second leg of your trip and you will get charged an additional fee. All of these fees are part of your airfare so be prepared to see an increase in your airline ticket price.