Three new announcements within the past few days regarding security information for International Travelers:
U.S. Department of Homeland Security Additional Screening Measure
Effective immediately the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will require additional screening measures for customers flying on international flights bound for the U.S. These screening measures pertain to any departure point where a passport is required to reenter the U.S.
Customers flying to the U.S. from an international airport are encouraged to arrive to the airport at least three (3) hours prior to departure to allow time to clear security.
Advice to Customers Flying on International Flights Inbound to the U.S.
- Travelers should plan to arrive at their international departure airport at least three hours prior to the departure time of their flight
- Travelers are encouraged to proceed promptly to their departure gate where additional screening may occur to avoid delay or missed flight
- Travelers can expect to see expanded uses of canine screening at international airports and deployment of advanced technology screening
Mexico Announces New Laptop, Tablet Security on US Flights
Laptops and tablets on U.S.-bound flights from Mexico will be subjected to heightened carry-on security measures effective immediately at the request of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Mexican authorities announced.
Mexico's Transportation Department said in a statement that the measures apply to "electronics larger than a cellphone." The department recommended that passengers travel with as few of those devices as possible in carry-on bags. It did not give details on the checks other to say they will take place separately from baggage, without cases or covers.
Laptop Ban Lifted
The laptop ban is over. Passengers flying into the United States from airports in 10 Muslim-majority countries affected by the ban may now take their laptops and other large electronic devices into the cabin with them, the Department of Homeland Security has confirmed.
Security officials imposed the ban in March, warning then that the Islamic State was developing bombs that could be hidden in portable electronic devices. But the airlines and airports affected by the ban have all complied with the initial phase of the new Homeland Security standards, allowing the prohibition to be lifted, the department said.
SOURCE: A & Travel Management