Monday, July 7, 2014

Global Impact: Security Screening at Airports: Update

According to AFP, those traveling globally by air who can switch on their cellphones or other electronic devices will be able to take them aboard as part of new security measures, US authorities said Sunday (July 6).

US-bound travelers from Europe and the Middle East have faced tighter airport security in recent days over fears that al-Qaeda-linked militants are developing new IEDs that potentially circumvent prevailing technology.

"During passenger security screening, officers may also ask passengers to power-up some devices, including cellphones," the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said in a statement, noting that all electronic devices are screened by TSA personnel.

Electronic equipment that cannot be "powered-up" or turned on will NOT be permitted inside the passenger cabin.

COMMENT: Those global airline passengers traveling through congested airports with endless long screening lines, should consider departing for their outbound airport earlier rather than later so as to ensure they have plenty of time.

French and British authorities have urged passengers to allow extra time to get past the additional measures, which were not specified but were believed to focus on footwear and electronic items such as cellphones and computers.

DHS [Homeland Security], under which the TSA falls, is also asking that airlines and airport authorities in Europe and elsewhere examine the shoes of passengers headed for the US and increase random screenings of travelers, ABC NEWS reported.

Western intelligence services are concerned that hundreds of militants traveling from Europe to fight in the Middle East could pose a security risk on their return, as most European passport-holders do not need a visa to travel to the United States.