Airlines prepare for changes in U.S. airport security measures

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will require stricter passenger screening for all U.S.-bound flights to comply with government requirements designed to avoid an in-cabin ban on laptops. The screenings could include:

  • Short security interviews
  • Inspections of personal electronic devices
  • Other measures aimed at keeping airline travels and crews safe from the threat of explosives.

Who is affected?
The new measures will apply to all inbound flights to the U.S. from 280 airports across 105 countries around the world, affecting approximately 2100 commercial flights and 325,000 passengers every day.

When will these changes take effect?
The new security measures were announced on October 26, 2017. Some airlines have already implemented the changes in their security screenings, while other airlines were given permission to not implement the new security screenings until January 2018.

What does it mean for business travelers?
For passengers, the most obvious change will be increased security screening. All passengers – including U.S. citizens – will be questioned before boarding the aircraft. Some airlines may require a written form, while others will include a personal interview. These screenings may result in longer wait times. Most airlines are advising travelers to arrive earlier than usual at the airport.