New Security Screening Starts for all U.S.-Bound Flights
Change to Global Aviation Security Requirements
In light of evaluated intelligence, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly has determined it is necessary to implement enhanced security measures for all commercial flights to the United States. These measures, both seen and unseen, include enhanced screening of passengers and electronic devices as well as heightened security standards for aircraft and airports.
New Security Screening Overview
- Countries: 105
- Airports: 280 (approximate number as it will vary based on seasonal airports)
- Total airlines: 180
- Average daily flights: 2,100
- Passengers: 325,000 average daily passengers
Enhanced Security Measures and Timeline
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.
Over the course of the next several weeks and months, DHS/TSA will work with aviation stakeholders to ensure these enhanced security measures are fully implemented. Those stakeholders who fail to adopt these requirements with certain timeframes run the risk of additional security restrictions being imposed.
International Flights Bound for the United States.
These enhanced security measures will help to secure all commercial flights departing from 280 airports that serve as last points of departure to the United States.
What does this mean for travelers?
The enhanced security measures are both seen and unseen, and passengers flying to the United States may experience additional screening of their person, property, and electronic devices. This enhanced screening may result in extended wait times, and travelers are encouraged to arrive early for flights. There are no changes to items allowed in carry-on and checked baggage.