U.S. air travel is subject to new security procedures, impacting both domestic and international flights. While the Department of Homeland Security is rolling out its final phase of the REAL ID Act which concerns all domestic U.S. travels, the air travel industry announced new security measures on inbound flights to the U.S.
New security screenings began to be implemented on Thursday, Oct. 26, requiring airport staff to conduct pre-screening interviews and searches on all passengers. While recent travel regulations have only targeted a number of countries, this new regulation will cover all the 2,100 flights from around the world entering the U.S. on any given day.
Several airline carriers such as Emirates, Lufthansa, Norwegian or Air China have confirmed they received directions regarding new security measures from the U.S. administration, however, details regarding these procedures and their implementation remain vague and the U.S. administration have not released further comments.
According to Air France’s press department, the U.S. government has requested that all passengers fill out an additional questionnaire which will be used to grant them access to the plane. Other security procedures around the plane, the luggage compartment, and at boarding are to be implemented.
If you are planning on traveling internationally and flying to the U.S., make sure you arrive to the airport not two, but three hours ahead of your flights as luggage drop-off, check-in, security and boarding lines are expected to be longer.