New U.S. Air Security Rules: How It Affects You
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has implemented tighter security measures for international flights to the United States, which could mean longer wait times in security checks, plus the screening of passenger electronic devices.
As of July 19, 2017, these rules affect airlines from 280 airports in 105 countries (including Canada). However, the new security measure won’t be applied to domestic U.S. flights.
According to the DHS, the new security measures will be rolled out in the coming weeks and months, and will include enhanced overall passenger screening, heightened screening of personal electronic devices, increased security around aircraft and passenger areas, and expanded canine screening, and new preclearance locations.
What You Need to Know
Will you notice much of a change while going through security? Probably not. Though due to the additional time needed, Air Canada and WestJet strongly recommend passengers arrive:
- At the airport a minimum of two hours before scheduled departure
- At the departure gate at least 45 minutes before scheduled departure
Air Canada and WestJet also recommend that all personal electronic devices larger than a smartphone (e-reader, tablet, laptop) must be easily accessible and have all cases/covers removed while heading into security check. That’s because security officers may perform a physical inspection of your device and check that it can be turned on.
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