Airport security has drastically stepped up over the past week, after fears that Islamic militants in Syria and Yemen are developing bombs which could go undetected.
On Monday, it was announced that all passengers using direct flights to the US would be forced to prove that their mobile phone, or any other electronic device had enough charge to be switched on. With the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) warning, ‘powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft. The traveller may also undergo additional screening.’
The Department for Transport (DfT) had said that whilst these new checks were part of a wider set of extra measures within British airports, there should not be any ‘significant disruption’ to travel time.
However, further security plans announced last night revealed that this is just the beginning for the drastic measures which will be taken. The tests that are currently being carried out on mobile phones, and other electronic devices which had been limited to those flying to the US will now be forced to extend to cover areas from around the world.
Flights to and from the Middle East, and parts of Africa and Asia will now join the US by following the strict security checks.