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TSA Says Electronic Devices Must Be Charged And Powered On For Select U.S.-Bound Flights

Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard aircrafts with direct flights to the United States from select overseas airports.

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The Transportation Security Administration announced new security measures on Sunday that will crack down on electronic devices that could possibly be used in a terror plot.

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The security measure is a part of the new TSA effort, announced last week to boost security amid concerns that terrorist organizations in the Arabian Peninsula and Syria are plotting to blow up an airliner, U.S officials said.

As part of the new security measures, TSA agents will be able to request passengers turn on their electronic devices. If the device is not charged and/or able to be powered up, it will not be allowed on the aircraft.

U.S. officials singled out smartphones, including Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones, for additional and extra security checks on U.S.-bound direct flights from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, NBC News reports.

The TSA said in a statement they "will continue to adjust security measures to ensure that travelers are guaranteed the highest levels of aviation security conducted as conveniently as possible."

The agency did not however disclose which airports overseas will be conducting additional screening.

Austin Hunt is a curation editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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