3 JULY 2017
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New security requirements are being introduced for all US-bound international flights, the head of America’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS), John Kelly, said last week.
The department has reportedly pulled back from extending the laptop ban imposed earlier on some carriers, but officials said the overall set of measures, which will apply to 180 airlines and 280 airports worldwide, would not be publicly discussed.
In general, however, airlines flying to the US and airports that are the last points of departure to the US will be required to enhance “overall passenger screening” and will have to carry out “heightened screening of personal electronic devices”, or PEDs.
The DHS is also requiring increased “security protocols” around aircraft and passenger areas, deployment of advanced technology and more canine screening and will push for more foreign airports to establish US pre-clearance facilities.
Kelly said “inaction is not an option” for airlines and airports, but the 10 airports where US-bound passengers are subject to the laptop ban can have those restrictions lifted if authorities comply with the enhanced security measures.
The new requirements will affect 2,100 flights and 325,000 passengers a day on average, according to the DHS.
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