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Old 07 July 2014, 02:41 AM
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Cell Phone Uncharged electronics barred on U.S.-bound flights from some overseas airports

Fliers headed back to the United States who let electronic devices lose their charge risk having them confiscated, after the Transportation Security Administration announced today that it not allow cell phones, laptops and other devices onto planes at undisclosed overseas airports if they could not be turned on.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/201..._airports.html
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Old 07 July 2014, 01:46 PM
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I'm not getting the connecting between "uncharged" and "can't be turned on". Most (but probably not all) of the electronics I own will at least show a sign of life when plugged in... ?

The TV broadcast I saw this morning said "Devices that cannot be turned on will be faced with more scrutiny".

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Old 07 July 2014, 01:54 PM
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Maybe they're not willing to take the time and trouble to plug the devices in at the checkpoint.
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Old 07 July 2014, 06:22 PM
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Maybe they're not willing to take the time and trouble to plug the devices in at the checkpoint.
Given that possible confiscation... the choice is theirs?

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Old 07 July 2014, 06:25 PM
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I think Lainie meant that TSA was not willing to take the time and trouble to plug in the devices.
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Old 07 July 2014, 06:26 PM
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I turn my phone off before I get overseas to avoid massive data charges. Having to turn it back on at the airport would not be helpful.
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Old 07 July 2014, 06:28 PM
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I always have my phone on, but turn off all the emitting features in airports.

I have too many other things on my phone to lose it completely (airline information, calendar, notes etc)

Mine would be on, but not transmitting at security.
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Old 07 July 2014, 06:28 PM
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To Chloe:
Does it have an airplane mode? Since that would turn off the communications, you could have it on but not have to worry about data charges.
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Old 07 July 2014, 06:30 PM
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It does, but I've never been quite clear about what would cause the charges, so I always turn off everything to be sure. If airplane mode would do it, that'd be great.
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Old 07 July 2014, 06:33 PM
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On an iPhone you can turn your cellular data and data roaming off when traveling (under Settings>General>Cellular).
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Old 07 July 2014, 06:33 PM
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Didn't airport security in the US used to require (though rarely actually enforce) turning on things like laptops at the security checkpoint?
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Old 07 July 2014, 06:37 PM
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On an iPhone you can turn your cellular data and data roaming off when traveling (under Settings>General>Cellular).
I do that before turning off the whole thing. I am obviously extremely distrustful.
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Yes, I don't think it was rarely enforced, but enforcement did seem to be very intense for a short period of time.
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I think Lainie meant that TSA was not willing to take the time and trouble to plug in the devices.
Yes, that's what I meant. I'd be surprised if the TSA were willing to wait while someone gets out their power cord and finds an outlet to plug it into.
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It does, but I've never been quite clear about what would cause the charges, so I always turn off everything to be sure. If airplane mode would do it, that'd be great.
Airplane mode turns off all send & receive functions on a phone, so it can't make or take calls, won't transmit or receive text messages, and doesn't use data. By default, it also disables WiFi though you can still enable that separately. WiFi usage doesn't cause international data charges.

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Old 07 July 2014, 06:52 PM
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Thank you, sir!
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Old 07 July 2014, 06:59 PM
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Disclaimer: Airplane mode does not enable phone to fly.
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Old 07 July 2014, 07:05 PM
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Thank you, sir!
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Old 07 July 2014, 07:33 PM
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In case it isn't clear, on all the phones I have owned, airplane mode turns off all "radio" transmission or reception on a phone - including voice, data, WiFi, Bluetooth, and probably GPS reception. Wanting to use WiFi or Bluetooth would require disabling "cellular network" transmission, and then enabling only the other wireless feature that you want. "Airplane mode" necessarily turned off everything, so you couldn't have Airplane Mode on, and still enable a wireless feature.

FWIW, even before 9/11 there was a requirement to turn on electronics in some small airports - they had walk-through and wand style metal detectors, but no x-ray machines for carry-on baggage. I had to turn on my laptop, cell phone, camera, GPS, etc.
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They also don't know how to handle tablets yet. I have a Windows 8 tablet computer. I got told at the start of the line "put that back in your bag, only computers need to be out separate". I got told at the x-ray that I needed to pull out my computer and run it separate.
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