US - Enhanced security screening for travel to the United States

31 Oct 2017

In July of this year the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the introduction of enhanced security screening for people travelling to the United States.

Since then, the following changes have been introduced:

  • Enhancement of overall passenger screening;
  • Increased security protocols around aircraft and in passenger areas; 
  • Deployment of advanced technology, expanding canine screening, and establishing additional pre-clearance locations; and
  • Heightened screening of personal electronic devices;

Although there have been few specific announcements, certain carriers have provided updates regarding changes to their protocols since the enhanced security measures. Campus Travel continue to take their advice from the DHS and TSA and apply the policies to all carriers. Although the airlines may introduce the measures at different times, for the management of University travel, Campus Travel will assume that they apply to all carriers to the USA at all times.

Effective from 26 October, five airlines announced the immediate introduction of additional screening of customers travelling on their services into the USA. This screening may involve the completion of an additional departure card and/or a brief security 'interview' with security staff. The airlines that have implemented this are:

  • Air France (AF)
  • Cathay Pacific (CX)
  • Egypt Air (MS)
  • Emirates (EK)
  • Lufthansa (LH)

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