Published: Tue, October 31, 2017
Markets | By Terence Owen

Travellers flying to U.S. face stricter screening, new rules kick in tomorrow

Travellers flying to U.S. face stricter screening, new rules kick in tomorrow

Last week was the deadline set when the Trump administration announced enhanced screening procedures for US-bound flights. All passengers traveling to the United States will be subject to new screenings.

The new rule that took effect on Thursday loosens restrictions on carry-on electronics but steps up other security requirements for airports and airlines.This means travelers may be subject to short interviews that could cause longer clearance times, flight delays and even recommendations to arrive at the airport earlier.

The International Air Transport Association, a trade group that represents airlines globally, said that the new measures raise the bar on security and have piled a significant amount of work in the aviation industry, according to USA Today.

In March, the U.S. banned passengers from taking large electrical devices such as laptops on board flights from eight mainly Muslim countries over security fears. That rule, for passengers from 10 airports in mostly Middle Eastern countries, was implemented in March amid concerns that the devices could be used to hide explosives.

In China, a Xiamen Airlines official said the carrier planned to take some security measures, including interviews.

Both American air carriers and global airlines must comply, affecting all the 2,100 flights from around the world entering the US on any given day. The hope is that more extensive screenings will not increase wait times at security checkpoints.

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Lufthansa's Swiss airline has asked passengers to check in at least 90 minutes before their flights in anticipation of the new regulations.

Not all the measures will be visible to the traveling public, though passengers may see more bomb-sniffing dogs at some airports, homeland security officials said. "Singapore Airlines' website says passengers may have to undergo security questioning during check-in and boarding".

Travelers in the US also will be subject to more stringent screening at airports, focused on carry-on bags. With more travelers opting bring their bags on board with them rather than pay money to check them, TSA officials are hoping the new measures will help give screeners a clearer view of what travelers are carrying.

All of them. The new procedures apply to all flights to the United States from other countries.

Representatives from the TSA declined to give a timeline as to when these protocols will be implemented at additional airports, but the procedure is expected to be fully in place at all US airports in the coming months.

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