New screenings to start for all US-bound airline passengers

Marcus Newton
October 31, 2017

Even so some carriers, including Delta Airlines and Cathay Pacific Airways are advising passengers to arrive at the airport at least three hours before their flight.

The new regulations come at the end of a 120-day period following the United States lifting a ban on laptops affecting 10 Mideast cities and cover all the 2,100 flights from around the world entering the USA on any given day. The new rules are part of an effort by the Department of Homeland Security to more thoroughly screen travelers headed to the United States. In Dubai, Emirates has begun searching carry-on bags and questioning passengers about their luggage, trip origin, and liquids. Passengers also had their carry-on bags searched.

Those restrictions were lifted in July, but the Trump administration said it could reimpose measures on a case by case basis if airlines and airports did not boost security.

"We're not going to interview all passengers, but focus on those with a certain degree of risk when checking the passengers' documents on the ground", he said.

"These new measures mean that our passengers travelling to the U.S. need to plan for more time at the airport to answer a series of questions during check-in". Air France said it will provide questionnaires for all US-bound passengers to fill out.

South Korea's transport ministry said the U.S. had agreed to delay the new procedures for the country's two biggest carriers, Korean Air Lines and Asiana Airlines, until next year on the condition they deploy staff at boarding gates to monitor travelers.

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The US government announced that travellers on all inbound worldwide flights could be questioned by airline staff before being allowed to board aircraft.

"The security measures affect all individuals, global passengers and USA citizens, travelling to the United States from a last point of departure worldwide location", said Lisa Farbstein, a spokeswoman for the TSA. "They asked me if I packed my own bag, where I packed it from, where I came from, they looked at my itinerary, verify where I was, who I was, from where I came from". "I don't want to wait on people to interview me like that".

New security measures introduced in US.

European and USA officials told Reuters at the time that airlines had 120 days to comply with the measures, including increased passenger screening.

The International Air Transport Association, which represents 275 airlines, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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