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TSA intensifies security measures

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Charge your cell phone and other electronic devices if you're traveling overseas.

The TSA is now asking passengers at some international airports that offer direct flights to the United States, to power on their electronic devices before they board.

Devices that won't turn on won't be allowed on planes and travelers may have to undergo additional screening.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson ordered the extra security measures based on US intelligence that suggests new Al Qaeda efforts to produce a bomb that could go undetected through airport security.

“So this past week, I directed that we step up our aviation security at last point, at some last point of departure airports coming into the United States” he said. “This is not something to overreact to or over-speculate about. But it's something we felt was necessary.”

The TSA will not disclose which airports will be conducting the additional screening.

Most travelers we spoke to at Newark Liberty International Airport say they don't mind longer lines if it keeps everyone safer.

Security experts believes these new airport security measures may be related to what's going on in Iraq.

Just this weekend a new video appearing to show the leader of the Islamic terror group in Iraq surfaced.

In it, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, urges followers and other Muslims to escalate their jihad against enemies of God.

 

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