Mobiles on flights - flat battery!?

Is it true you won't be able to take your phone on a flight if the battery is flat? Is it confiscated completely?

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JanSt / MOD  Jul. 11, 2014 at 12:46

It seems the devices will be posted back to you. Question is, who pays... Some Airlines will cover the return fee. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2684723/Now-terror-checks-phones-laptops-spread-flights-Middle-East-Africa-BA-u-turns-says-WILL-able-fly-phones-not-charged.html

Once again: thank you, America for your fake war-on-terror...
But it's not new, actually... I remember in the 80s taking a Walkman or similar gadgets onboard, you had to show that it workd at check-in. Cause, you know....

mrew42  Jul. 11, 2014 at 14:04

...and the land of the free.

CTPAHHIK  Jul. 11, 2014 at 14:35

Time to relocate - Ireland doesn't sound bad.
Jan, do you need new neighbors?

TJ Skywasher  Jul. 11, 2014 at 14:54

Just make sure your devices battery isn't flat, problem solved.

I would imagine that most people would have them charged if they have a long flight ahead of them anyway. So a device with a flat battery could look suspect.

matt101101 / MOD  Jul. 11, 2014 at 15:30

Ahh, yet another useless security measure, yay...

The ironic thing is, the huge security queues which these ever more invasive and limiting measures create make for a great terrorist target themselves. You end up with hundreds and hundreds of passengers stuck in a room together, all of whom haven't yet been subjected to the airport's security measures, not to mention al of the security staff and Police officers who are also found in such places to keep everyone "safe". How long before one of these security areas is attacked at a large airport such as LAX or Heathrow?

Hell, an even softer target than the security area is the, even less well protected and usually even busier, check-in hall. Just two 747 flight's worth of passengers in one of those halls must be nearly 1000 people. That's without the staff and passengers from other, smaller flights. You can pretty much walk in off the street into one of these check-in halls carrying whatever you want, up to the size of a few large suitcases. I'm no expert by any means, but I'm pretty sure you could fit a huge bomb into a large suitcase, never mind into a few large suitcases which had been strategically placed around the check-in hall.

Airport security is a myth, a distraction from the real problems and an excuse to invade privacy and survey innocent people with intense scrutiny. The aeroplane was invented hundreds of years after the first explosive devices, why is it all of a sudden we need so much airport security?

/Rant...airport security annoys me more than is should.

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 11, 2014 at 15:31

Time to relocate - Ireland doesn't sound bad.
Jan, do you need new neighbors?

There's a cottage ruin on my property.... But what if you're Al CIAda?

JanSt / MOD  Jul. 11, 2014 at 16:23


Great points!

The US had a few nutters with guns target airport check points...
If they really had a problem with terror, they'd stop training militants all over the world to make new customers for the weapons industry, and to mess up the resource rich zones....


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