Fast forward to Wedenesday. Homeland Security officials announced that - acting on the intelligence that was so well-leaked on Monday - they have demanded that passengers flying direct to the U.S. from certain airports face heightened security. Reuters explained that iPhones and Samsung Galaxies were in particular due for extra scrutiny, as were just shoes in general. If you are traveling with a smartphone (and who isn't?), you may now be asked to prove that it's capable of powering on. Uncharged phones (ones which will not turn on) may be confiscated or refused travel.
As always, foreign airports are free to shrug off DHS's request, and DHS is free to quickly ban them from U.S. airports. Unsurprisingly, Britain's transportation minister duly announced that the country's airports would be tightening their security. He promised, though, that "the majority of passengers should not experience significant disruption."
We kind of like that language. Not only does it hint that a minority of passangers will in fact face significant disruption, but it leaves open the possibility that a majority of passengers could face insignificant disruptions. Not very reassuring.
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