And now, TSA will keep us safe from grandmothers with dead cell phones

If you plan to fly, don’t let your cell phone battery run out. TSA will confiscate it, all in the name of “security,” of course.

Fliers headed back to the United States who let electronic devices lose their charge risk having them confiscated, after the Transportation Security Administration announced today that it not allow cell phones, laptops and other devices onto planes at undisclosed overseas airports if they could not be turned on.

The TSA today posted a statement from Homeland Security Director Jeh Johnson describing the new policy, which is intended to reduce the risk that explosives disguised as electronic devices will make it onto aircraft.

“I have directed TSA to implement enhanced security measures in the coming days at certain overseas airports with direct flights to the United States,” the statement read. “We will work to ensure these necessary steps pose as few disruptions to travelers as possible. We are sharing recent and relevant information with our foreign allies and are consulting the aviation industry.”

And if TSA rent-a-cops happen to go home with a few iPhones every day, hey it’s the price we pay to pretend we’re safe.

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