New airline security measures for flights bound for the U.S.

October 25, 2017, 7:00 am


Beginning Thursday, October 26, 2017, new security measures will be put in place for an U.S. bound flights. Incoming flights will have to comply with government-imposed security measures, which has the potential to cause delays for passengers. These new security measures can include short interviews of passengers at check-in or at the gate.

These new measures are said to affect 325,000 airline passengers on 2,000 commercial flights arriving daily in the U.S. (on 180 different airlines from 280 airports in 105 countries). (Reuters) When the electronics ban was ended in July, the current administration said new security measures for domestic flights would begin being rolled out at airports across the country; this includes removing electronics larger than a cell phone from carry-on items. Certain security measures are to be imposed on a case by case basis if airlines and airports do not increase security.

Lufthansa’s Swiss airline is asking for passengers to check in at least 90 minutes before departure. Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd is expected to suspend the in-town check-in and self bag-drop services for passengers on direct flights to the U.S. Singapore Airlines Ltd will include inspections of personal electronics as well as security questioning during check-in and boarding. (Reuters)

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Travel Advice

  • Arrive at the airport early. The standard for international flights is two hours, but it advised to check with your airline as some are asking for passengers to arrive three hours before departure.
  • Verify with your airlines the procedures for check-in and security clearances.
  • Be prepared for lines and extended passenger processing times.


As always, if you are abroad and in need of immediate assistance (counseling, medical or security related) please call International SOS at 215-942-8059 or UTPD at 512-471-4441.