Phone has no charge? Not on this flight

NEW American airport security regulations mean travellers better pack the charger if they are heading to the United States from Europe, Africa or the Middle East.

The new rules from America's Transport Security Administration means passengers must be able to "power up" devices including cell phones, tablets and cameras.

If your treasured iPod or DSLR camera can't be switched on -- probably because you forgot to plug it in -- then be prepared to choose between your gadget and your flight.

It comes as part of a "heightened terrorist threat" regarding direct flights into the United States.

A spokesman for the Department of Infrastructure, which covers Australian aviation security, said there was "no information" to suggest airport security here should impose the same checks.

However, Australians flying from certain unnamed African, European or Middle Eastern airports into the US may have to deal with "additional security screening".

"Selected passengers may be asked to power on mobile or smart phones to show functionality and remove them from their protective cases," the spokesman said.

"Electronic devices larger than a mobile or smart phone must be examined for tampering and all accessible property screened for explosives."

Australians flying out of these "affected airports" on domestic carriers including Qantas, Virgin Australia ought to be aware of the changes.

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