Published on : Friday, October 27, 2017
All incoming flights to the United States will now be subjected to new security screening procedures which might include American citizens and foreign travellers facing security interviews from airline employees; although, travellers going through Canadian airports may not notice a big difference.
Some carriers such as Delta Air Lines and Cathay Pacific Airways were telling travellers on flights headed for the U.S. to be at the airport at least three hours before their scheduled departure time so as to avoid the last minute hassle for the screening.
The U.S. Transportation Security Administration says there are roughly 2,100 flights daily going into the U.S., carrying about 325,000 average daily passengers. According to a TSA spokesperson, these new regulations will impact about 280 airports and 180 airlines.
The new rules come at the end of a 120-day window for new US safety regulations to be implemented following the lifting of the laptop ban imposed on some airlines.
As per the new rules, it will include “heightened screening of personal electronic devices” and stricter security procedures around planes and in airport terminals. There was, however, no elaboration on what exact screening would take place.
Details of the new rules first became apparent in a statement by Dubai-based Emirates, which operates the world’s busiest airport for international travel.
In March, US officials introduced the laptop ban in the cabins of some Mideast airlines over concerns Islamic State fighters. The ban was, however, lifted when those airlines started using CT scanners.