New Homeland Security Screening Measures

Effective July 19, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will require additional screening measures for Travelers 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.

Travelers 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.

The enhanced security measures include but are not limited to:

  • Enhancing overall passenger screening;
  • Conducting heightened screening of personal electronic devices;
  • Increasing security protocols around aircraft and in passenger areas; and
  • Deploying advanced technology, expanding canine screening, and establishing additional preclearance locations.

The new requirements affect 325,000 airline passengers on about 2,000 commercial flights arriving daily in the United States, on 180 airlines from 280 airports in 105 countries.

With the repeal of the laptop ban on Saudi Arabian Airlines yesterday, all airlines previously affected by the ban have now been cleared for restriction-free travel to the US.

To repeat…Travelers should plan to arrive at their international departure airport at least three hours prior to the departure time of their flight. Travelers are also encouraged to proceed promptly to their departure gate where additional screening may occur to avoid delay or missed flight


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