As everyone knows air travel has drastically changed over the last decade especially in the United States due to continually increased security measures. Well things are going to get even more complicated, especially if you travel with a lot of electronic gear. Last week the Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, announced more intense screening procedures for direct flights traveling into the United States. The new announcement focuses on traveling with electronic devices including cell phones, tablets, laptops, and cameras. “During the security examination, officers may also ask that owners power up some devices, including cell phones. Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft. The traveler may also undergo additional screening.” So if you forgot to charge up all your gear before you head home after a long trip, you might be traveling home a lot lighter that you planned on.
To complicated this, the existing rules regarding traveling with batteries already limits you to one installed battery for each device which could make ensuring your gear can be powered up if asked a bit more challenging. So if not already doing so, packing your power supplies and chargers in your carry on might save you a lot of grief.