Passengers flying to the United States are to be subjected to new security checks that could see them delayed if their electronic device has a dead battery.
According to NBC News, British Airways will not allow passengers to board the plane if their phone or laptop has run out of battery.
A British Airways spokesman was unable to clarify if passengers would be allowed to board the plane if they chose to leave their device behind. U.S. officials last week asked airports handling U.S.-bound flights to tighten security amid fears al-Qaeda-linked terror groups might conceal a bomb within a fake smartphone or laptop.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which is requiring airlines or security officials to perform the checks before boarding, says the measures are already in place at some international airports and will be formulated at others in coming days.
All electronic equipment could be subject to examination, including laptops, cell phones, tablets and MP3 players.
Passengers are being advised to make sure these are all charged before travel so that they can be switched on and demonstrated to be operational.