In a press release from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) more stringent screening procedures for all incoming flights to the United States take effect today (10/26/17). The TSA is under the Department of Homeland Security. All passengers, both foreign and American citizens could face security interviews a U.S. government official said.
“The security measures affect all individuals, international passengers and U.S. citizens, traveling to the United States from the last point of departure international location,” said Lisa Farbstein, a spokeswoman for the TSA. “These new measures will impact all flights from airports that serve as last points of departure locations to the United States.”
She estimated the number of flights affected at around 2,100 daily. She also said it would include “heightened screening of personal electronic devices” and stricter security procedures around planes and in airport terminals.
The new practices could increase the time it takes to clear security screening, so contact your airline for guidance on how much time you should allow for passing through security to be sure you don’t miss your flight.
Read the full article at NBC News for information.
More Resources to Help You Get Through TSA Screening
- Trusted traveler programs such TSA PreCheck can help get through screening quicker and keep your shoes on too. Enroll once and your membership is good for 5 years. Learn which trusted traveler program fits you best.
- Take a few precautions before you go. Make sure you pack your carry-on luggage in accordance with the 3-1-1 liquids rule and keep electronics larger than a cell phone handy to be removed for inspection at screening. Also during popular travel times, like Thanksgiving check out the TSA wait times for specific airports to make sure you arrive at the airport in plenty of time.
If you want more clarity about what to expect prior to check-in at the airport, start with contacting the airline you’re flying with for guidance. Next, remember to leave yourself plenty of time for delays and your trip through the airport will be a lot smoother.