The Pentagon confiscated a international reporter’s telephone and forbade them from utilizing all digital gadgets whereas touring with the deputy secretary of protection.
The scenario unfolded throughout Dr. Kathleen Hicks’ flight to Norway on Sunday, which was first reported by Politico.
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Earlier than the aircraft took off, the reporter from Reuters was advised of a brand new rule forbidding foreigners flying in Air Power planes utilizing prime secret classifications from utilizing their digital gadgets.
Shortly after they took off, a public affairs official requested the reporter handy over their telephone, and was advised that they couldn’t use their pc or AirPods, Politico reported citing an individual on the journey. One other journalist on the journey, who’s a U.S. citizen, didn’t have to surrender their telephone.
“Like everybody serving in uniform, U.S. Air Power aircrews are anticipated to guard labeled data aboard their plane,” Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder, an Air Power spokesperson, stated. “In accordance with a brand new coverage, the aircrew on this case utilized a extra restrictive method to communication safety, which led to a miscommunication in regards to the reporter’s use of non-public digital gadgets on the plane.”
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The reporter obtained their telephone again after the flight landed in Oslo.
“Now we have expressed our concern about this rule change relating to members of the press who’re non-U.S. residents having the ability to entry digital gadgets throughout journey with the U.S. Division of Protection and are in search of additional data on the problem,” a Reuters spokesperson advised Politico.