Air passenger could face tighter security measures at Edinburgh Airport

Alicia Cross
October 31, 2017

All passengers traveling to the United States will be subject to new screenings.

The TSA said in July it was imposing new security rules requiring USA domestic airline travelers to remove all electronic items larger than mobile phones such as tablets, e-readers and video game consoles from carry-on baggage for screening.

Germany's Lufthansa Group said the new rules came from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration, which is under Homeland Security. That rule, for passengers from 10 airports in mostly Middle Eastern countries, was implemented in March amid concerns that the devices could be used to hide explosives.

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.

All incoming flights to the United States will be subject to new security screening procedures, including both American citizens and foreigners possibly facing security interviews from airline employees, a US government official said Wednesday. The hope is that more extensive screenings will not increase wait times at security checkpoints.

Not all the measures will be visible to the traveling public, though passengers may see more bomb-sniffing dogs at some airports, homeland security officials said.

South Korea's transport ministry said the USA had agreed to delay the new procedures for the country's two biggest carriers, Korean Air Lines and Asiana Airlines, until next year on the condition they deploy staff at boarding gates to monitor travelers.

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Lufthansa Group includes Germany's largest carrier, Lufthansa, as well as Austrian Airlines, Swiss, Eurowings and several other airlines.

Foreign airlines are anxious passenger interviews will slow down the security and boarding process.

Travelers in the US also will be subject to more stringent screening at airports, focused on carry-on bags.

Airlines have flexibility in meeting the new security requirements. And they could be subject to security interviews by airline employees, according to a United States government official.

All of them. The new procedures apply to all flights to the USA from other countries.

The new procedures are expected to be put into place at Dulles International and Reagan National airport in coming weeks.

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