Kiwis flying from New Zealand to the United States will not
be required to undergo strict new security measures being
introduced for uncharged mobile phones and laptops.
It comes after the US declared it will not allow phones or
laptops, in particular Apple iPhones and Samsung Galaxy
phones, on to US-bound flights from some airports if the
devices are not charged.
However, New Zealand airlines have not been asked to
implement the measure, an Aviation Security Services
This was good news, as it meant New Zealand was a reasonably
safe place, he said.
"Any airline that was flying direct to America from its point
of departure would be asked, if it was in a risk area, to
implement some additional procedures, but New Zealand has not
been asked at this stage."
Any such request would be made to the airline, and not
directly to the Aviation Security Services or the Civil
The new regulations are part of the US Transportation
Security Administration's bid to step up surveillance amid
concerns terrorists are plotting to blow up an airliner.
Passengers may be asked to turn on their electronic devices
at airport checkpoints, and if they did not have power they
would not be allowed onto the plane, the TSA announced.
Officials in the US are concerned that such electronic
devices could be used as a bomb, particularly by Yemen-based
al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and the Islamist Nusra
Front, al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria.
It was feared terrorists had found a way to turn phones into
bombs which could avoid detection, the US officials said.
There are also concerns undetectable bombs could be built
Passengers on US-bound flights from Europe, the Middle East
and Africa will be forced to undergo the extra security on
their phones, laptops, tablets or other electronic devices.
If a device does not turn on, the passenger will be subject
to "additional screening".