The Homeland Security Department has demanded that 300 airports around the world “enhance” their security measures for flights to the US, threatening a ban on all electronics on flights if their demands aren’t met.
The regulations could include asking passengers to present larger electronic devices for inspection and prove that they can be powered on.
The Homeland Security Department demanded last month that airlines around the world step up security measures for international flights bound for the United States or face the possibility of a total electronics ban for planes. The deadline for some of those changes to take affect was Wednesday.
Several airlines have advised their regular travelers directly, and some are informing their passengers that they should arrive at the airport three hours before their flights, in anticipation of longer lines and times to pass through security checkpoints.
“As of July 19, if you’re travelling to the U.S., the U.S. Department of Homeland Security requires you to take your personal electronic devices larger than a smartphone, such as your laptop and/or tablet, out of their protective cases and to turn it on, if asked,” Toronto-based Porter Airlines said.
About 320,000 passengers arriving in the US each day will be affected by the new, “enhanced” measures.
Those who wish to read Secretary John Kelly’s rather long winded statement on this can do so here. We’ve written extensively on the TSA, the DHS and their failed security “enhancements” previously – as far as we know, those remarks still stand.