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Powered up phones requirement at airports counter-productive

What happens if we all start carrying battery packs?

freeloader globetrotter

The news that various British airlines – especially those flying passengers to the USA, have started to insist that travellers’ mobile devices – such as smartphones and tablets, must be powered up could well prove to be counter-productive. This GoMo News hack doesn’t believe he is unusual but if an airline wanted to confiscate either my mobile phone or my laptop, then there wouldn’t be any point me getting on that plane. Both are vital tools for performing my line of work. Normally it wouldn’t be too difficult to keep both items charged. But our recent experience flying back to Britain from Barcelona suggests otherwise. We’re all for countering terrorism but you have to be pragmatic about these things.

It’s not been openly stated but GoMo News believes the non-working smartphone scare stems from intelligence that such devices can have their batteries replaced with explosives.

So if your smartphone lacks any power at all, what do security staff do with it? Putting it in the hold would be totally counter-productive. That would probably be a better place to plant a bomb than in your carry-on luggage.

What we’d like to know is what are airline staff doing with such confiscated devices? Promising to give them back on your return? Posting them to you?

There are, of course, business opportunities to be had here. Airlines could install those banks of phone chargers that you normally see at exhibitions centres such as MWC Barcelona.

The alternative, of course, is to carry your own solar battery pack such as the Freeloader Globetrotter from Solar Technology. It could be modified to charge either your handset or your laptop.

The catch is that these chargers lend themselves to being turned into even huger bombs. How are you going to check whether a battery bank is actually half bomb/half charger?

What w ould beworse still is if terrorits develop an iPhone bomb. Here three quarters of its sealed battery could be explosive and the rest powers the phone up as you go through security checks. Nightmare.

Tony is currently Editor of GoMobile News. He’s a veteran telecoms journalist who has previously worked for major printed and online titles. Follow him on Twitter @GoMoTweet.

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