Washington Demands Tighter Security Checks for Travelers to US

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(Newswire.net — July 1, 2017) — New security measures for all flights entering the US will be applied gradually over the next few months, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly has said.

Without giving a precise date for the start of new procedures, Kelly said that new security measures will be “both seen and unseen” and will be phased in over time.

Kelly stressed that terrorists are constantly seeking new methods for hiding explosives and hijacking aircraft, which is why it is time “to raise the global baseline of aviation security.”

Passengers now can expect extra checks, including more intensive screening at airports, more detailed inspection of electronic devices, increased security around aircraft and airport buildings, as well as dogs for detecting explosive and chemical substances.

According to sources who wished to remain anonymous, Kelly has worked with airlines to find ways to improve screening without unduly inconveniencing passengers.

New security measures will not bar laptop computers in carry-on luggage, as many feared. Since March this year, laptops have been banned from cabins on flights to America from the Middle East and North Africa.

US officials, their counterparts overseas and representatives of major airlines have discussed the possibility of expanding the ban around the globe. A number of air carriers have protested the idea, saying that notebooks and other electronic devices are important to business travelers.

New security measures will apply for about 2,000 flights a day from 280 airports in 105 countries. About 325,000 passengers depart from these airports to the US on a daily basis.

Also, these airports have been given 120 days to have new security measures in place and three weeks to improve electronic security devices.

A possible failure to comply with the demands of the US Department of Homeland Security would mean additional security restrictions, fines and even banning airlines from landing on the American soil.