USA Travel Alert: Enhanced Security Measures
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have announced enhanced security procedures for passengers at certain last point of departure airports, based on intelligence that indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation.
The new aviation security requirements require that all personal electronic devices larger than a cell phone or smart phone must be placed in checked baggage at 10 airports where flights are departing for the United States.
These enhancements apply to the following 10 specific airports:
- Queen Alia International Airport (AMM)
- Cairo International Airport (CAI)
- Ataturk International Airport (IST)
- King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (JED)
- King Khalid International Airport (RUH)
- Kuwait International Airport (KWI)
- Mohammed V Airport (CMN)
- Hamad International Airport (DOH)
- Dubai International Airport (DXB)
- Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH)
Electronic devices larger than a cell phone/smart phone will not be allowed to be carried onboard the aircraft in carry-on luggage or other accessible property. Electronic devices that exceed this size limit must be secured in checked luggage. Necessary medical devices will be allowed to remain in a passenger’s possession after they are screened.
The approximate size of a commonly available smartphone is considered to be a guideline for passengers. Examples of large electronic devices that will not be allowed in the cabin on affected flights include, but are not limited to:
- Portable DVD players
- Electronic game units larger than a smartphone
- Travel printers/scanners
There is no impact on domestic flights in the United States or flights departing the United States. Electronic devices will continue to be allowed on all flights originating in the United States.
For more information and FAQs on the updated security enhancements, please visit https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/03/21/qa-aviation-security-enhancements-select-last-point-departure-airports-commercial.
A fact sheet on the new security enhancements is available here: https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/03/21/fact-sheet-aviation-security-enhancements-select-last-point-departure-airports.