Tight security measures already exist for those catching flights to USA, but Donald Trump’s government has now brought in new regulations which could see travellers questioned by airline staff before being allowed to board.
According to the US Transportation Security Administration, more than 300,000 people per day will be affected by the new move. Budget airline Norwegian, which operates transatlantic flights, says customers should arrive early at the airport amid fears the checks will lead to longer queues.
The British Newspaper Evening Standard reports that passengers will be handed a form to fill out, while others may be quizzed by airline employees. Dubai-based airline Emirates said it would be carrying out ‘pre-screening interviews’ for passengers travelling out of Dubai, and urged anyone flying or transferring there to allow extra time.
‘These measures will work in complement with the current additional screening measures conducted at the boarding gate,’ it said. Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd has suspended self-drop baggage services and said passengers flying to America ‘will be subject to a short security interview’.
EgyptAir and Air France have both said they are introducing extra security measures for US-bound flights, while a statement from Lufthansa said: ‘in addition to the controls of electronic devices already introduced, travellers to the USA might now also face short interviews at check-in, at document check or (at their) gate’.
Sara Benwell, consumer editor at Good Housekeeping UK said: ‘Some airlines, such as Norwegian, are advising passengers to arrive even earlier than usual for their flights to the US, while others have reiterated the need to get to the airport two hours ahead of take off.
‘Generally speaking it’s always good practice to leave plenty of time to make sure you don’t end up missing your plane, so we’d suggest following the directions of the airline you have booked with and getting to the airport in plenty of time.
‘That said, airports can be expensive places, so it’s always worth bringing a snack or packed lunch if you think you could be there for a while. As you can’t take liquids through security, you’ll have to stump up for any drinks you need once you’re through.’
From: Good Housekeeping UK