Surprise: New TSA Cell Phone Rules Create Confusion

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  1. City Extra

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    Surprise: New TSA Cell Phone Rules Create Confusion

    About half of travelers don't know about new rules on personal electronics that require travelers at foreign airports to prove their devices are real by powering them up, a survey of more than 1,200 American and British travelers by Cheapflights.com reveals. Of those who did know about the new security procedures—recently implemented on non-stop flights to the U.S. at the recommendation of the TSA—only three in four fully understood the new rule. Three in five travelers said they believed the new rule would likely cause "major delays in the travel process." Some travelers are already reacting to the new rule ...


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    US.Bound Passengers Likely To Switch On Mobile Phones For Security Use

    Passengers using airports that offer direct flights to the US may be forced to switch on their mobile phones and other electronic devices to prove to security officials that they do not contain explosives. “During the security examination, officers may also ask that owners power up some devices, including cell phones,” the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said “Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft. The traveller may also undergo additional screening.” The TSA did not disclose which airports would be conducting the additional screening. It was reported last week that passengers at British airports travelling to the ...


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    http://www.channelstv.com/2014/07/11/us-bound-passengers-likely-switch-mobile-phones-security-use/


    US demands better security at Kuwait airport

    The US has requested Kuwait beef up security at its international airport amid an escalation in violence in the surrounding region, according to local media. Kuwait Times reported the US requested the Directorate General of Civil Aviation take new precautionary measures and additional inspections at Kuwait International Airport due to increasing concerns of a terrorist threat. DGCA’s operations manager Saleh Al Fadhaghi claimed existing airport security already met American demands and was certified by international monitoring bodies. “A team from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in the US visited Kuwait International Airport a couple of weeks ago and praised the ...


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    http://www.arabianbusiness.com/us-demands-better-security-at-kuwait-airport-557372.html


    US body requests DGCA to ‘tighten security’ at airport

    The Director of Operations Department at the Directorate-General of Civil Aviation, Saleh Abdullah Al-Fdaghi, was recently quoted as saying the concerned Kuwaiti authorities have received a request from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) a body responsible for security at the US airports to implement some precautionary measures and additional inspection procedures, because of the volatile security conditions in the region, reports Al- Watan Arabic daily. This comes following requests by US authorities for tighter security measures at airports around the world in anticipation of any terrorist acts. Al-Fdaghi said security measures at the airport in Kuwait are of high level, ...


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    Updated on 13 July: http://www.arabtimesonline.com/NewsDetails/tabid/96/smid/414/ArticleID/207559/reftab/68/Default.aspx

    TSA and the War on the Uncharged Cellphone

    TSA has waged a war on the uncharged cellphone. For many travelers within the United States, and for millions of people who travel into the United States, it seems as though the Transportation Security Administration, better known as the TSA, seems to have perfected the art of travel nightmares over these years. A special announcement this week has even more TSA detractors shaking their heads in disgust, as some travelers feel that their recently approved new travel rule will make traveling into the United States from other countries even more of a pain in the neck. This week, the TSA ...


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    http://www.viralglobalnews.com/technology/tsa-war-uncharged-cellphone/11800/


    Office of Transportation Security to Screen Electronic Devices

    The Office of Transportation Security (OTS) is following moves by its counterparts in the United States and United Kingdom to implement tougher security measures on electronic devices. Under the new guidelines, passengers must submit all electronic devices for security screening. After passing through the x-ray, they will have to switch on their devices in front of security officials to see that they are functioning normally. If not, they may be examined through the x-ray machine again. OTS says that these guidelines are effective immediately regardless of final destination. Passengers who are proceeding directly to the US will have to undergo ...


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    http://www.philippineflightnetwork.com/2014/07/naia-ots-to-screen-electronic-devices.html


    Enhanced airport security

    We are now accustomed to long security lines at airports. Since the bomb makers of terror groups are getting more sophisticated every day, governments and airline security authorities have also implemented stricter checks and controls. Terrorists have tried various methods to blow up planes - shoe bombs, underwear bombs and even liquid bombs. As a result, travellers have to take off shoes, belts, jackets etc before boarding and items such as knives, scissors, liquids, aerosols etc are not allowed in hand luggage. I have been through several ‘whole body’ scanners at certain airports, which is another addition to the security ...


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    http://www.sundayobserver.lk/2014/07/13/imp03.asp


    New airport rules call for devices to be charged

    If you’re travelling, you had better make sure your electronic devices have a charge left in them if you want to get them past security. Both the US and the UK have begun checking travellers’ electronic devices — cell phones, tablets, laptops, e-readers — on some international flights to ensure they have a charge. And the US have expanded that this week to also include some US domestic flights. If your device does not have a charge, you won’t be able to take it past security. This comes after alleged plots from Al Qaeda that they were trying to disguise ...


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    TSA to extend new security measures to some domestic passengers

    requirement that passengers on U.S.-bound flights power up electronic devices at overseas airport security checkpoints is being expanded to some fliers on domestic flights, government officials say. The Transportation Security Administration called for the increased security measures earlier this month for travelers on direct flights from the Middle East, Europe and Africa, amid fears that terrorists have developed new bomb-making technology. Now selected travelers on domestic flights will be asked to prove that their electronic devices can power up. "During the security examination, officers may also ask that owners power up some devices, including cellphones," a Department of Homeland Security ...


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    http://www.latimes.com/business/tra...sures-domestic-passengers-20140709-story.html


    NAIA tightens screening of ‘powerless’ devices

    If you're going on an international flight, be sure to charge the electronic devices you plan to bring as Philippine airport authorities have stepped up the screening procedure for gadgets carried by outbound passengers. The Office for Transportation Security (OTS) has begun the inspection of electronic devices of passengers on outbound international flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to check if they are operational when switched on. Gadgets that have no power or fail to work would be confiscated, and the owner questioned, said Nino Buhay, OTS shifts supervisor, who said he had received a verbal order by ...


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  2. Mike

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    According to the L.A. Times article above, this will only be applied to poeple with names on the terrorist watch list, but we all know how overly broad those lists are and how arbitrarily & spiteful TSA is in applying its rules. This is going to be a major hassle for travelers.

    My 'droid (state of the art at the time) was not one of those "free" phones. I had to cough up $500 for it. Turning it off (which I almost never do) is a two-step process. First you press the power button, then you confirm that you want to turn it off.

    On a recent flight from LAX to SYD I forgot to do that confirmation, and it was still on when I stuffed into my backpack for the flight. After 14 hours in search mode (desperately seeking a cell tower in the middle of the Pacific), the battery was barely charged by the time we landed. Had I been surfing on it pre-departure at LAX instead of my wife's netbook, it would have been DOA in SYD.

    Now we're expected to throw away $500 phones & other electronics because the batteries won't last for the duration of our travels?

    How about folks on planes with WIFI but no powerports for recharging? Their batteries run down mid-flight, and if they have to clear security for any reason (or gate checks?) will they be forced to discard their phones to continue their travels?

    Or you clear security, your battery runs down, and terminal is dumped. You'll be leaving your phone behind in order to reclear security.

    This has to be one of the most brainless policies yet.
     
  3. City Extra

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    Living Here 7-13: Insecurity

    Sometimes, though, I think the terrorists are just jerking us around, knowing that just by planting a rumor of some new threat, they can force Homeland Security to impose all sorts of inconvenient and ineffective countermeasures that will frustrate, aggravate and impose economic sanctions on the American public. The latest threat is that the bad guys will smuggle plastic explosives in electronic devices such as computers, e-readers and even cellphones. The TSA's countermeasure, so far imposed only in certain foreign airports, is to ask the traveler to turn each of these devices on to demonstrate that they are indeed what ...


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    http://www.rep-am.com/news/local/816500.txt


    Electronic devices must be switched on or US, UK bound passengers may be turned away, Emirates confirms

    Emirates Airline has confirmed that all passengers flying to the US, Canada or the UK must have their mobile phones, tablets and other electronic devices charged before they board the flight or they will not be allowed to travel, a spokesperson confirmed. “Emirates is advising travellers to the USA, Canada and the UK that they are required to switch on their electronic devices at Dubai International airport or risk being denied boarding,” a spokesperson confirmed. “All electronic devices are required to have sufficient power before reaching the airport. This advisory is part of enhanced security measures required by the authorities ...


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    http://www.arabianbusiness.com/elec...-be-turned-away-emirates-confirms-557665.html


    Why Is The TSA Worried About My Cell Phone? — ‘The Why’

    The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) recently released a new set of security measures for flights headed to the United States. Their concerns that al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula could be singling out U.S.-bound planes is based in part upon a 2010 discovery of two bombs capable of downing an aircraft on a U.S.-bound cargo plane. The devices were meant to be set off by cell phone and additionally included parts from cell phones. The fact that the TSA appears to have targeted cell phones has apparently annoyed a number of our regular readers especially those who own Apple iPhones ...


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  4. Mike

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    Why Is The TSA Worried About My Cell Phone? — ‘The Why’

    Welcome to the newest edition of The Why. “Why is the TSA worried about my cell phone?” you ask? Good question . . . especially considering we’re in summer vacation season. The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) recently released a new set of security measures for flights headed to the United States. Their concerns that al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula could be singling out U.S.-bound planes is based in part upon a 2010 discovery of two bombs capable of downing an aircraft on a U.S.-bound cargo plane. The devices were meant to be set off by cell phone and additionally ...


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    http://americanlivewire.com/2014-07-11-tsa-worried-cell-phone/


    Latest Syria Threat 'More Frightening Than Anything' Else, Holder Says

    Recent intelligence indicating that bomb-makers from Yemen have teamed up with terrorists in Syria to develop a new generation of undetectable explosives is "more frightening than anything" else the Obama administration has seen, Attorney General Eric Holder warned, becoming the first U.S. official to publicly confirm ABC News reporting on the threat. In recent days, U.S. officials have boosted security measures at airports overseas amid deepening concerns that terrorists in war-ravaged Syria could be looking to down a U.S.- or European-bound plane, with help from one of the thousands of Americans and other foreign fighters carrying U.S. and European passports ...


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    How cellphones could pose a security threat

    The primary concern appears to be that a bomb could be concealed inside a cellphone or other electronic device. The government says no new specific intelligence led to the stepped-up security. But several technology and security experts told CBS News that given the nature of the TSA's latest measures, a key factor may may have to do with an electronic device's "X-ray signature." X-ray an ordinary cellphone at a security checkpoint, and you see a dense block -- the battery -- plus electronics boards and wires. Terrorists could potentially remove the battery and replace it with a block of plastic ...


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    http://www.local12.com/news/feature...phones-could-pose-security-threat-14509.shtml


    TSA ban on uncharged phones isn't as stupid as it sounds

    The Transportation Security Administration has found yet another way to make traveling terrible: Passengers boarding US-bound flights at some foreign airports will not be allowed to board with electronic devices that don't have enough juice to turn on. Forget to charge your gadget and being stuck in line without the joy of checking Twitter is the least of your worries. You'll have to throw your phone away when it's finally your turn to run the screening gauntlet. The new rule -- announced with no explanation of why it's been created -- has been widely and swiftly lampooned as one more ...


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    http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-07/11/tsa-phone-ban


    Holder: Terrorist Bomb Partnership Gives US 'Extreme, Extreme Concern'

    The Yemen-based bomb-builders, including Saudi native Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, were Array and have traveled to Syria to meet with members of the Islamic State (ISIS), the group that has declared a caliphate in parts of Syria and Iraq. "It's something that gives us really extreme, extreme concern," Holder said in the pre-recorded interview in London, where he was attending meetings with European officials on security. The Transportation Security Administration announced last Sunday that certain overseas airports would begin requiring passengers on some U.S.-bound flights to turn on cell phones and other electronic devices before they would be allowed onboard. Holder ...


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    http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/holder-bomb-terror-partnership/2014/07/13/id/582363/


    Eric Holder: 'We are at a dangerous time'

    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is worried about wholes that are greater than the sum of their parts. Take, for instance, the current mix of bomb-makers from Yemen with foreign fighters in Syria. "That's a deadly combination, where you have people who have the technical know-how along with the people who have this kind of fervor to give their lives in support of a cause that is directed at the United States and directed at its allies. And it's something that gives us really extreme, extreme concern," he told ABC's "This Week." He estimated there are about 7,000 foreign fighters ...


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    http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/13/us/eric-holder-abc-interview/index.html


    Petri: TSA phone charge rules means I can never leave the country

    Bad news. Horrible news. The Transportation Security Administration has come up with a new restriction: If you are flying back to the United States from overseas — especially Europe and the Middle East — you should not bring your phone unless it has enough power to turn on when you arrive stateside. Well, that’s it for me. My phone never has enough power to turn on even when I am safely ensconced on this side of the Atlantic. It’s a serious problem. My friends like to call me "Nevercharged" Petri. That is the only way they can call me. They ...


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    http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58176755-82/phone-charged-call-bleak.html.csp


    TSA Requires Devices To Be Charged Before Flying To US

    If you thought getting on an international flight was hectic before, security is about to get a little bit tighter, at least on flights that are heading into the United States. In fact the TSA has revealed that airports in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe are now putting a new requirement on passengers who brings electronics onto the plane with them: the devices all have to be charged. If you’re anything like me, you use your device for all it’s worth while you’re waiting for your flight – regardless of whether it’s plugged in or not. And unfortunately, sometimes ...


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    http://news.filehippo.com/2014/07/tsa-requires-devices-charged-flying-u-s/


    Attorney General Holder fears American jihadists returning to U.S. from Syria

    During his television appearance on Sunday morning, Attorney General Eric Holder noted that there is apprehension within President Barack Obama's administration that Islamists from the European Union and the United States who are supporting violent jihad in Syria's civil war are being tutored by Yemeni terrorists in bomb making, according to ABC's "This Week." Intelligence analysts in Washington, D.C., claim that about 7,000 -- out of about 23,000 -- violent Islamists operating in Syria are foreign fighters, mostly from European countries, especially Great Britain, according to an Examiner news story. Charles Farr, Britain’s top counterterrorism official, has warned that the ...


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    In praise of the humble USB

    Following previous threats involving explosives hidden in footwear, the TSA has required passengers to remove their shoes when going through airport security, so that they can be X-rayed separately. Liquids in bottles larger than 100 millilitres (3.4 fluid ounces) were banned for similar reasons. The TSA says it has no evidence of bombs being disguised as phones or other electronic devices. The move is an attempt to anticipate possible attacks in the future, rather than react to ones in the past.

    The only good news to come out of these charge-it-or-lose-it shenanigans is that battery chargers are at long last becoming standardised. On a recent trip abroad, Babbage finally realised that a single charger (plus an appropriate power-socket adapter) can be used to top up the batteries in his tablet and smartphone as well as a bunch of foreign phones. With their greater thirst for electricity, laptops still need bulky charger blocks that deliver power at 16.5 volts and up. Likewise, digital cameras with removable batteries still require their own wall-warts.


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    http://www.economist.com/blogs/babbage/2014/07/difference-engine-0


    Charge Your Electronics Before Flying, or Risk Losing Them

    Keeping up with technology is hard; keeping up with the regulations surrounding technology is much, much harder. The latest development for the travelling techie is the news that the American Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will start requiring, at some overseas airports, that electronic devices flying into the U.S. must be capable of being turned on. “Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft,” the TSA’s announcement states, adding that some travellers may be subjected to “additional screening.” The logic behind this announcement is that a cell phone or laptop that can be powered up during a security screening must, ...


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    http://tidbits.com/article/14911


    New Electronics Security Rule Confuses Both Brits and Americans

    Confused or feeling in the dark about a TSA rule that will require some travelers flying to the United States to power up all their electronic devices as a security check? You aren't alone. An online survey of 1,222 Brits and Americans by Cheapflights.com, the online leader in finding and publishing travel deals, found that only 39.5 percent of respondents were aware of the new mandate and 47 percent said it was not clear to them. Of the 542 Americans who were surveyed, 51 percent were aware of the new rule. That doesn't mean, however, they all found it understandable. ...


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    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cheap...ty_b_5584236.html?utm_hp_ref=travel&ir=Travel


    Many Fliers Are Confused About Security Over Devices

    FOR business travelers flying into the United States from Europe, the Middle East and Africa, there was a lot of confusion last week over the announcement that laptops, cellphones, smartphones, tablets and other personal electronic devices would not be allowed onto flights in carry-on baggage at more than 15 international airports if they were found to have dead batteries. The move was a response to intelligence reports that Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen is planning to hide explosives inside battery-powered mobile devices. Security officials declined to disclose which airports were affected by the new measures and said the amount of ...


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    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/15/business/increased-security-over-devices-leads-to-confusion.html


    Petri: New TSA rule just ruined traveling for me

    Bad news. Horrible news. The Transportation Security Administration has come up with a new restriction: If you are flying back to the United States from overseas - especially Europe and the Middle East - you should not bring your phone unless it has enough power to turn on when you arrive stateside. Well, that's it for me. My phone never has enough power to turn on even when I am safely ensconced on this side of the Atlantic. It's a serious problem. My friends like to call me "Nevercharged" Petri. That is the only way they can call me. They ...


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    http://www.newsday.com/opinion/oped...ed-traveling-for-me-alexandra-petri-1.8792990


    Many Fliers Are Confused About Security Over Devices

    For business travelers flying into the United States from Europe, the Middle East and Africa, there was a lot of confusion last week over the announcement that laptops, cellphones, smartphones, tablets and other personal electronic devices would not be allowed onto flights in carry-on baggage at more than 15 international airports if they were found to have dead batteries. The move was a response to intelligence reports that al-Qaida’s affiliate in Yemen is planning to hide explosives inside battery-powered mobile devices. Security officials declined to disclose which airports were affected by the new measures and said the amount of screening ...


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    http://www.columbusceo.com/content/...are-confused-about-security-over-devices.html


    Travelling to UK, US, Canada? Charge phones, or miss flight

    UAE airlines have begun implementing the recently announced global security measures for passengers travelling to Canada, the US and the UK. The new measures oblige passengers flying to destinations in the above-mentioned countries to switch on or power up their electronic devices – mobile phones, laptops, tablets, etc. – upon demand as an additional security measure. The UAE’s Emirates and Etihad have already started implementing the new mandates, airlines said. “All those travelling to USA, Canada and the UK are required to switch on their electronic devices at the Dubai International airport or risk being denied access to fly,” Dubai-based ...


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    http://www.emirates247.com/news/tra...rge-phones-or-miss-flight-2014-07-15-1.556488


    Joint U.S./UK Warning on International Travel: Uncharged Electronic Devices/Gadgets Banned ...

    This alert is provided to all clients intending to travel on international flights, particularly over the summer period. This warning applies to all business and personal related travel, effective immediately. On Wednesday, July 2, 2014, Secretary of U.S. Department of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson directed the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to implement enhanced security measures at selected but undisclosed gateway airports with direct flights to the United States. The intensified screening measures apply to overseas passengers carrying electronic devices onto U.S.-bound flights. Passengers who wish to bring cell phones and other electronic devices onto aircraft will be asked to power ...


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    http://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/joint-usuk-warning-on-international-t-53476/


    Travel Managers Worry TSA Mobile Rules Could Compromise Sensitive Data

    In an Association of Corporate Travel Executives email survey of travel managers, conducted July 10 to July 13, a greater percentage of U.S.-based travel managers (68%) than their European peers (57%) responded that they were “very concerned” about what would happen to proprietary information on the devices in the event they were seized. For example, what could happen to a contract, financial document or sensitive email if it were on an electronic device that was seized, whether it might eventually be returned or not? An additional 24% of U.S. travel managers and 29% of Europeans indicated they were “concerned” about ...


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    http://skift.com/2014/07/15/travel-managers-worry-tsa-mobile-rules-could-compromise-sensitive-data/


    Buyers 'concerned' over info on devices after airport ruling

    More than half of European and US travel buyers are “very concerned” about access to proprietary information on travellers’ mobile devices, following a ruling brought in last week regarding electronic equipment at major airports, an exclusive study has found. Last week selected airports in the US and the UK said they now require passengers to power up their electronic devices as they pass through security. Any devices that have a dead battery will not be allowed on the flight. The research from ACTE found that 57 per cent of European and 68 per cent of US buyers are ‘very concerned’ ...


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    http://buyingbusinesstravel.com/new...erned’-over-info-devices-after-airport-ruling


    Alexandra Petri: Charging smartphones is easily forgotten

    Bad news. Horrible news. The Transportation Security Administration has come up with a new restriction: If you are flying back to the United States from overseas — especially Europe and the Middle East — you should not bring your phone unless it has enough power to turn on when you arrive stateside. Well, that’s it for me. My phone never has enough power to turn on even when I am safely ensconced on this side of the Atlantic. It’s a serious problem. My friends like to call me “Nevercharged” Petri. That is the only way they can call me. They ...


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    http://amestrib.com/opinion/alexandra-petri-charging-smartphones-easily-forgotten
     
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