Pre-screen­ing in­ter­views start on US flights

Business Traveller (Middle East) - - Upfront -

US-BOUND BUSI­NESS TRAV­ELLERS trav­el­ling on Emi­rates and Egyptair should fac­tor in ad­di­tional time as new in­ter­views are in­tro­duced as part of en­hanced pre­screen­ing mea­sures.

An Emi­rates state­ment said the new di­rec­tive re­quires pas­sen­ger pre-screen­ing in­ter­views at the check-in counter for orig­i­nat­ing pas­sen­gers and at the gate for trans­fer and tran­sit pas­sen­gers.

“These mea­sures will com­ple­ment cur­rent ad­di­tional screen­ing mea­sures con­ducted at the board­ing gate (in­clud­ing those for elec­tronic de­vices). Pas­sen­gers should al­low ad­di­tional time to be checked-in and boarded if trav­el­ling to the US from Dubai In­ter­na­tional Air­port.”

Air France, Lufthansa and Cathay Pa­cific are other car­ri­ers cited and Royal Jor­da­nian will in­tro­duce the mea­sures mid-Jan­uary.

The TSA Pre pro­gramme now cov­ers 42 do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional car­ri­ers, with All Nip­pon Air­ways, Cathay Pa­cific, Con­tour Avi­a­tion, Fin­nair and Korean Air re­cently join­ing the ex­pe­dited screen­ing pro­gram. But this is only open to US cit­i­zens, na­tion­als and “law­ful per­ma­nent res­i­dents” who can apply ($85 for five years, or $17 per year) and ac­cess TSA Pre lanes, while for­eign cit­i­zens must meet “spe­cific cit­i­zen­ship/res­i­dency re­quire­ments”. Pre trav­ellers do not need to re­move items such as shoes, lap­tops and belts at 200 US air­ports.

Dubai Air­ports is plan­ning to in­tro­duce bio­met­ric ‘smart tun­nels’ that will en­able trav­ellers to com­plete immigration checks in just 15 sec­onds.

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