US travel crackdown: Passengers flying from the UK face questions from guards in airport queues   

26 Oct

“The security measures affect all individuals, international passengers and U.S. citizens, traveling to the United States from a last point of departure international location.

“Passengers may notice additional screening of their person, property, and electronic devices.”

The measures will 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 including the UK.

The United States announced the new rules in June to end its restrictions on carry-on electronic devices on planes coming from 10 airports in eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa in response to unspecified security threats.

Those restrictions were lifted in July, but the Trump administration said it could reimpose measures on a case by case basis if airlines and airports did not boost security.

A spokesman for the International Air Transport Association, which represents air carriers, said: “The new measures raise the bar on aviation security. They have required a significant amount of work on the part of airlines and airports.

TSA has demonstrated flexibility and a willingness to work with industry to achieve the goals of the new measures. Over the longer term  there needs to be a greater focus on mutual recognition of states’ measures and more of a risk-based approach when choosing locations for enhanced security measures.”

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