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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.

FBI Agent Mikulski Dies at Age 50 After Fight with Long-term Illness, Wife Says

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Mark J. Mikulski, a supervisory agent at the FBI for nearly 20 years, died at the age of 50 following a fight with multiple myeloma.

The Washington Post reports that Mikulski died Feb. 25 at Reston Hospital Center in Virginia.

Mikulski led technology programs that detected terrorist threats.

A native of Buffalo, Mikulski graduated from the University of Bufallo in 1985 and joined the FBI a decade later.

Mikulski also was a Boy Scouts troop leader and a representative to the FBI Agents Association.