Doug Bedell — July 9, 2014, 12:26 pm

Checking Electronic Devices on U.S.-Bound Flights

Here are two somewhat divergent views of the U.S. Homeland Security Department’s directive that cellphones and other electronic devices need to be turned on for security checks on flights to the U.S.

On In Homeland Security, Glynn Cosker seems more tolerant of the advisability of the precaution than Arnold Bogis on Homeland Security Watch, who fears that “a perverse ‘whack-a-mole’ instinct” may have taken hold at Homeland Security. But, apparently, the precaution has been ordered out of concern that an electronic device might be stuffed with an explosive instead of its circuit board. Such are our times.

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