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New TSA Security Directive to Ban Cell Phones That Don’t Power Up at Some Airports

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Security screeners at overseas airports may begin seizing cell phones that don’t turn on as part of the continued effort to crack down on threats of terrorism, the Wall Street Journal reports.

That means cell phones without battery power won’t be allowed on the plane and could subject the traveler to increased scrutiny.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson hasn’t said why some airports are taking the extra precaution.

“This is not something to overreact to or overspeculate about. But it’s something we felt was necessary,” Mr. Johnson said Sunday on NBC, citing continuing safety threats to the U.S.

Citing people familiar with the directive, the Wall Street Journal reported that the tightened security could taken place at more than a dozen airports in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Border Patrol Union: Agency Violated Guidelines with Ban on Agents’ Cell Phones

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Border Patrol’s ban on bringing cell phones or electronic devices to work following the leaked photos of an overcrowded processing center in Texas violates collectively-bargained guidelines, a union representative insists.

The Blaze.com reports that the agency also is threatening employees who speak to the media.

Prior to the release of photos at the Nogales center, agents were allowed to bring cell phones to work in case radio communications shut down.
Shawn Moran, spokesman for the National Border Patrol Council, said a patrol agent in charge doesn’t have the authority to to ban cell phones. That responsibility lies with the sector chief.

“If the Tucson local feels there’s a violation of our collective bargaining agreement then they can file the appropriate grievance,” Moran told TheBlaze. “If there’s a violation I hope they do, our locals are not afraid to litigate these matters.”

A Dec. 2, 2008 memo to all station chiefs states that the “policy does not prohibit personal wireless communication devices while performing official duties, but limits the usage.”

Inmates Ran Drug Ring in Indiana Prisons

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two inmates in Indiana are accused of running a drug enterprise out of prison with the help of cellphones smuggled in by guards, the Associated Press reports.

The pair, Oscar Perez and Justin Addler, who are housed at different prisons, sold methamphetamine and heroin to inmates, according to a federal indictment that charges 40 people.

Unsealed Wednesday, the indictment accuses corrections officer Jon Dobbins of possessing meth and delivering at least one phone to an inmate.

In one cell phone call, Addler guided a woman through a drug deal of 20 grams of heroin at a truck stop, the AP reported.