There Are Strict New Rules For Anyone Flying To The US

  • There Are Strict New Rules For Anyone Flying To The US

There Are Strict New Rules For Anyone Flying To The US

Previously, the administration has banned laptops and larger electronics from cabins on flights from certain Middle East hubs and has attempted to impose a blanket visa ban on some countries - a measure now tied up in the courts.

US-bound travellers will face security interviews before checking in for flights at a number of global airlines beginning on Thursday as anti-terrorist measures are stepped up around the world.

Emirates said it was starting "pre-screening interviews" at its check-in desks and boarding gates in Dubai, adding: "These measures will work in complement with the current additional screening measures conducted at the boarding gate". "These measures, both seen and unseen, include an enhanced screening of passengers and electronic devices as well as heightened security standards for aircraft and airports", she said.

"Passengers should allow additional time to be checked in and boarded if travelling to the US from Dubai International Airport".

Just when we thought we could finally travel to the USA without hassle, laptops and all, new security measures have been introduced that are likely to create another headache.

Confusion greeted the new rules. "This will not be a problem to all responsible travellers and tourists", added Santos.

Lufthansa, Emirates, Air France and Norwegian Air confirmed to AFP on Wednesday that U.S. authorities had asked for tougher controls at departure airports for non-stop flights to the United States.

"Today, it's kinda insane", said Tamu Wikins. Agricultural and veterinary products will also be tightly screened.

Cathay Pacific said passengers heading to the United States "will be subject to a short security interview" at check-in or the gates.

Cathay Pacific, EgyptAir, Emirates and Lufthansa all say they will begin the interviews from Thursday.

The airline says it will start the new procedures on Thursday at Paris Orly Airport and a week later, on November 2, at Charles de Gaulle Airport.

Emirates said passengers would be subjected to "pre-screening interviews at the check-in counter" whereas Air France said it expected to apply an additional "security interview".

Other airlines have yet to respond.

Egypt's national airline says it is tightening security on its flights to NY following a request by US security authorities.

An AP report quoted Basel Kilani, a spokesman for Royal Jordanian, as saying that the national carrier had asked to delay the implementation of the measures until January, and that the request was granted. Delta Air Lines said it was telling passengers traveling to the arrive at the airport at least three hours before their flight and allow extra time to get through security.

Lisa Farbstein, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), told the Guardian: "As we move forward, TSA will continue to work closely with our aviation partners and verify that all security enhancements are accurately implemented".

"Cooperation is the key, implementing a risk-based approach to screening while assuring respect for passenger dignity".

"The major challenge in our society is to balance passenger rights and security. In the words of Benjamin Franklin, "those who would give up their liberty for security deserve neither and lose both".