Think twice about arriving to an airport in England with intentions to fly to the U.S. with your cell phone or laptop with zero battery. British Airways is now implementing the new airport security measure of not permitting flyers onto the airplane if their electronics are dead. In response to the recent threats from Al-Qaeda, security officials believe this will omit the chances of the smart phones or laptops really being explosives. This rule was inspired by the new U.S. airport policy, that passengers must turn on their cell phones and computers in order to prove that they are not hiding bombs. U.S. officials have in fact requested that any airways that handle U.S. bound flights, implement this policy.

The electronics are checked to see if they are hollowed out and packed with explosives at the departing gate, and those who have a dead device, will not be permitted onto the flight. British Airway spokesperson has not yet clarified whether or not these passengers will be able to leave behind their electronics in order to hop on the flight, and Virgin Atlantic said that passengers with electronic devices turned off will not even be allowed on the plane all together. They have yet to comment on whether or not they will allow flyers to re-book another flight. So, before you decide to open every app and play on your iPhone before your next flight, make sure you have enough battery to prove that you are not a terrorist before you board the plane. It’s a great security measure, however, what happens when the ‘iPhone’  turns on, and is a bomb?

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What do you think of this new policy?

Shane Autumn is currently a senior at The University of Tampa, pursuing a degree in Communication, a minor in Spanish, and a certificate in International Studies. When this travel-obsessed, adventure junkie isn't out exploring the world, she can be found feeding her unhealthy addiction to chocolate chip cookies. Shane Autumn is an avid human rights and animal activist, and plans on starting her own non-profit organization someday.


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