New US airport screening: What will be different when you land

Ann Santiago
October 29, 2017

The TSA said in July it was imposing new security rules requiring US domestic airline travelers to remove all electronic items larger than mobile phones such as tablets, e-readers and video game consoles from carry-on baggage for screening.

"These measures will work in complement with the current additional screening measures conducted at the boarding gate (including those for electronic devices)".

The enhanced checks are in line with new guidelines set by the USA in July for incoming flights.

They will affect 325,000 airline passengers on about 2,100 commercial flights arriving daily in the United States, on 180 airlines from 280 airports in 105 countries.

Some airlines, such as Cathay Pacific Airways, are going to stop allowing passengers to do self check-ins and self-bag drops for flights headed to America. We have a pre-boarding security check for passengers on United States flights.

The US has beefed up its airport security checks, meaning travellers to the country could be facing interviews before they can fly. Cathay Pacific told its customers to arrive three hours in advance.

The United States announced the new rules in June to end its restrictions on carry-on electronic devices on planes coming from 10 airports in eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa in response to concerns that explosives could be hidden in electronic devices. Travellers were told they had to check in the devices.

Following the American Department of Homeland Security directive to airlines flying to the US, Air India has also started asking passengers questions like the goal of their trips and about their check-in bags.

The restriction came amid fears that a concealed bomb could be installed in electronic devices taken on board aircraft.

Many global airlines had concerns about the new regulations.

Norwegian Air, for example, has said its passengers flying to the States would receive instructions via text regarding the new procedures and that it would be opening check-in desks for U.S. flights four hours before departure.

"It has to be done, and it is additional cost".

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