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TSA enhances security for overseas travelers

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - If you are flying, especially internationally, be prepared to face new security checks. You could be asked to power up your electronic devices including your cell phone.

Rose Lyles is playing candy crush while she waits to board her flight, and go back to Baltimore.

Lyles is just one of many travelers who have a cell phone, or another electronic device with them.

New guidelines by the TSA will require some travelers to power up their electronic devices at airports overseas. Its part of new enhanced security measures.

"They're making people turn on their cell phone and if you can't turn it on then obviously you can't take it with you because if you can't turn the phone on then that means there is something else going on there, so if you do have one of those devices I've also been told there taking you away for secondary screening," said Airport Director Yvette Aehle.

Lyles says she's not opposed if it will help keep folks safe.

"I think it's a good idea. Anything to make the country more secure, I'm all for it," she said.

Others admit it will be in convenient, but understand the importance of security since the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

"It probably will but for all the passenger's safety and whatever they need to do I think they should do it no matter if it is inconvenient for the passengers. I mean, they are still gonna fly because that's what they want to do and they just gotta do it," said Daisy Vinson.

TAKE THE POLL: Should passengers be required to turn on devices for the TSA?

Airport officials say security measures are constantly being analyzed and upgraded when necessary to prevent another terrorist attack.

"Since 2001 the whole thought about how we look at folks and how we assert ain who gets secondary screenings versus not has definitely changed, but like the folks have been saying they only have to be right one time. We have to be right 100 percent of the time," says Aehle.

Now all powerless devices will not be allowed on planes coming in from overseas.

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