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dave

July 14th 2014 4:51 pm

With new power restrictions on portable devices, how will TSA handle battery packs?



Both the United States and United Kingdom have implemented rules that require travelers to and from certain destinations to turn on their portable devices to prove that they work. This includes things like laptops, tablets, cellphones, and even ebook readers.

The thing is, these are pretty easy to determine whether or not they come on -- just look at the screen! But one thing that's become super important for the traveler on the go is a portable battery pack.

These bricks are super convenient, pack a ton of power, and can keep our favorite gadgets charged up throughout the day. How easily will the TSA (or equivalent security organization) be able to tell that these are legit. I suppose by turning it on and making sure there is a blinking LED that proves that it's on?

What happens if your battery is dead because it was charging your phone? So much confusion in these rules! I guess if you have to leave a $50 battery behind, that's better than leaving a $600 phone, but still annoying!

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baileylo

Really good question, I'd happily leave the 50 dollar battery behind over the phone/laptop. But then again this entire rule seems a bit weird. You'd think terrorists would be able to build a laptop bomb that would boot an OS and still be able to detonate.
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TgD

Yeah I'm still not sure on the logic behind the rule. I would think that the x-ray process as well as dusting for explosives would be the much more effective way to check for these things, but I know they wouldn't stop doing that.

Thankfully, at the major airports in Canada you go through the TSA before you leave, not when you land, so you should have juice at that time.
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