In line with the recent intel that the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) received about a possible plane attack carried out by Al-Qaeda extremists, the Aviation Security (AVSEC) division of the Philippine National Police prepares to adhere with the DHS’ call for a more thorough inspection of a passenger’s gadgets before allowing them to board the flight.
Based on the security mandate, passengers may be asked by an airport security personnel to turn on their mobile devices during the inspection. The rationale behind this measure, according to the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA), is to make sure that the device is fully functional and that its battery was not replaced with a plastic explosive.
“Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft. The traveler may also undergo additional screening.” – US TSA
TSA was mum about the details of possible plane attack, but stated that the intelligence they got was “different and more disturbing than past aviation plots.” That being said, all airport security groups, particularly in Europe and the Middle East, are advised by the TSA to take the necessary steps to mitigate the unspecified threat.