Passengers travelling on foreign airlines into the

first_imgPassengers travelling on foreign airlines into the US may face some short-term delays at departure check points, following The US Department of Homeland Security announcement that all foreign airlines operating flights to the US, and the airports that are the last departure point for entry into the US, must now comply with new security measures that bring their security procedures in line with the standards for US airlines and airports. Foreign airlines must demonstrate that they are carrying out these new security measures, including interviewing passengers as part of the security check, bomb-sniffing dogs, and explosives detection, and more rigorous screening of baggage and electronic devices. The new edict out of the US is expected to impact about 180 airlines in 105 countries, and approximately 280 airports outside the US.John F. Kelly, US Secretary of Homeland Security, on making the announcement, said security is his No. 1 priority, that foreign airlines and airports would be given sufficient time to implement the new security measures, and that airlines who comply may have the ban on carry-on electronic devices lifted, while those who did not comply would face fines and run the risk of restrictions on flying into the US.“Lifting the ban on bringing laptops and other personal electronic devices on board will be good news for travellers flying into the U.S.A.,” Emirates said in a statement. “We look forward to working with the authorities and Dubai airport stakeholders to implement these measures as soon as possible for our U.S. flights.” airlinesairportssecurityUS airportslast_img