In July 2017 the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the introduction of enhanced security screening for people travelling to the United States.
Since then, the following changes have been introduced:
- Enhancement of overall passenger screening;
- Increased security protocols around aircraft and in passenger areas;
- Deployment of advanced technology, expanding canine screening, and establishing additional pre-clearance locations; and
- Heightened screening of personal electronic devices
Update as at 26 October - Airlines introduce additional screening
Effective 26 October, five airlines announced the immediate introduction of additional screening of customers travelling on their services into the USA. This screening may involve the completion of an additional departure card and/or a brief security 'interview' with security staff.
Which airlines are affected?
Any airline that flies into the United States. At present, the following five airlines have introduced additional security on their US flights:
- Air France (AF)
- Cathay Pacific (CX)
- Egypt Air (MS)
- Emirates (EK)
- Lufthansa (LH)
What travellers need to know
- Travellers should arrive at the airport at least three hours prior to their flight, to ensure they have enough time to check in and clear all security checks prior to boarding.
- Travellers should be aware of any restrictions regarding the carriage of electronic items.
- Travellers who intend to carry personal electronics on board the aircraft should ensure that they are able to power up their devices if required at the security check.
- Some items may be required to be removed from their protective cases or outer packaging.
If you think you may be impacted by these changes please contact your Travel Manager or US Customs and Border Protection.