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7/10/2014 12:40 PM EDT
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mike_m
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TSA say no to powerless devices
mike_m   7/10/2014 7:12:05 PM
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So by this new rule is the TSA admitting that they do not, and probably never had, a reliable warm and fuzzy method of accurately detecting explosive devices?

Cezar A C Menezes
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TSA – Say No to Powerless Devices
Cezar A C Menezes   7/11/2014 11:26:59 AM
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That's brilliant! What would TSA agents say about USB portable power supplies, which are essentially just battery cells with some electronics and no GUI?

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MeasurementBlues   7/11/2014 3:34:47 PM
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TSA would be clueless. In the 1990s I worked with the Psion Organiser, a handheld computer that was ahead fo its time. Airline security was told it was a calculator and it was never questioned.

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3 news in 1 article
chanj0   7/11/2014 4:20:00 PM
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There seems to be 3 news in 1 article unless I missed the connection.


The new TSA rule could cause a lot of problem to business travellers. With the rule, who can bring a USB drive? I hope the rule is for short term and will be removed as soon as they find a better way to inspect explosives or other hazard materials.

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How about transparent packaging?
prabhakar_deosthali   7/14/2014 8:12:40 AM
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I think it is high time to make the casings of all electronic devices from transparent material, so that there is no room to suspect what lies inside.

This is a new challenge for the case designers and think such solution will be more reliable than requiring to power up each electronic device to make sure it is harmless.

Many a electronic devices do not have displays or even the power-up LEDs. so the current regulation does not solve the problem 100%.

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Larry Desjardin   7/16/2014 9:06:49 AM
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It's a silly rule. If the device is unpowered, you must pack it into your check-in luggage. Since the new rule is aimed at suicide bombers, wouldn't the device be just as effective being detonated with a timer in your check-in?

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rich.pell   7/16/2014 12:11:13 PM
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"If the device is unpowered, you must pack it into your check-in luggage."

The exact wording of the TSA announcement reads "Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft," which suggests that such devices will not be allowed in check-in baggage either.

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Larry Desjardin   7/16/2014 12:52:17 PM
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in that case, all suitcases, and their contents, need to be inspected before check-in. That is a huge logistical effort that I doubt the airlines and airports are prepared for. It is further complicated that you may check-in your luggage at a connecting flight before taking the overseas flight. The connecting flight isn't restricted, and may not be the same airline as the US-bound flight.

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