Fliers from Mexico to US will have longer security checks from Wednesday

Published on : Friday, July 21, 2017

security checksAs part of a larger US push worldwide for extra scrutiny for inbound passengers on flights from Mexico to the United States can expect longer security checks starting Wednesday.

Passengers on Mexican airlines will now be subjected to extra security checks for portable electronic devices larger than a phone on direct US-bound flights, Mexico’s civil aviation authority said.

This comes three weeks after US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said his country would soon require all US-bound flights to implement the checks.

Passengers planning to travel into the United States should “show up at the airport three hours before departure to comply with the procedures,” Mexico’s civil aviation authority said Tuesday.

Devices that passengers take with them into the cabin will be subjected to safety checks and should be presented separately from the rest of the luggage, and without a cover or any other protection, the authority said.

The DHS said the extra checks are in response to concerns that terror groups are seeking new ways to circumvent aviation security.

The checks are among other measures, “both seen and unseen,” that will be phased in over time, Kelly said last month. His agency refused to detail all of the new measures for security reasons.

The DHS hasn’t said when the new measures would be fully implemented.

Kelly’s June 28 announcement was in addition to the laptop bans that the DHS earlier imposed on flights from certain countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The ban was put in place because officials feared the devices could be used to smuggle explosives on board.

US officials lifted the ban for passengers coming from Cairo, Egypt; Casablanca, Morocco; Istanbul, Turkey; Doha, Qatar; Amman, Jordan; Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates; and Kuwait after airports and airlines implemented heightened security measures.

As of Monday, only one airport — King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia — still was under the ban.

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