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.
To avoid losing your phone or tablet, make sure they remain charged if you are traveling home from an international airport. The TSA has not said which airports will have the screenings, so you always have to be prepared.
It is easy to drain your battery while waiting for a plane by surfing the Web, watching videos or checking emails. Make sure you keep your charger and all of your adapters in your carry-on in case your gadget dies. Remember, if it won't turn on, you can't take it home.