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The TSA might make you turn on your gadgets or leave them behind

The TSA might make you turn on your gadgets or leave them behind
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Traveling internationally just got a little more difficult.  The TSA announced new rules that will require you to power on your gadgets before you can get on some flights.

The rules won't affect domestic flights; they will only be in use in some airports overseas that have direct flights to the U.S.

The TSA said it is requiring some overseas airports to have passengers turn on devices such as cellphones before boarding. It says devices that won't power up won't be allowed on planes, and those travelers may have to undergo additional screening.

The TSA is using the new screenings because there are fears that terrorists might try to make a bomb that looks like a smartphone or tablet. These devices probably wouldn't work like a normal gadget, so making passengers turn theirs on is an easy way to screen for threats.

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