Air travel­ers to U.S. face more se­cu­rity

The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - By Jill Colvin

WASH­ING­TON» Travel­ers fly­ing to the U.S. from nearly 300 in­ter­na­tional air­ports, in­clud­ing those in Mex­ico and Canada, are now sub­ject to stepped-up se­cu­rity mea­sures that in­clude stricter screen­ing for elec­tronic de­vices larger than cell­phones.

The reg­u­la­tions could in­clude ask­ing pas­sen­gers to present larger elec­tronic de­vices for in­spec­tion and prove that they can be pow­ered on.

The Home­land Se­cu­rity De­part­ment de­manded last month that air­lines around the world step up se­cu­rity mea­sures for in­ter­na­tional flights bound for the United States or face the pos­si­bil­ity of a to­tal elec­tron­ics ban for planes. The dead­line for some of those changes to take af­fect was Wednes­day.

Air­lines and avi­a­tion au­thor­i­ties re­sponded by warn­ing pas­sen­gers to ex­pect longer se­cu­rity screen­ings at air­ports.

“En­hanced screen­ing mea­sures are in ef­fect,” read an alert on the Cana­dian Air Trans­port Se­cu­rity Au­thor­ity’s web­site. It said that pas­sen­gers flagged ran­domly for ad­di­tional screen­ing will be asked to re­move elec­tronic de­vices from pro­tec­tive cases for in­spec­tion, and pos­si­bly show they can be pow­ered on.

Mex­ico’s avi­a­tion au­thor­ity ad­vised pas­sen­gers on flights bound for the U.S. to ar­rive at the air­port three hours early to com­ply with the new screen­ing mea­sures.

Toronto-based Porter Air­lines, which op­er­ates nu­mer­ous flights a day be­tween the U.S. and Canada, told fre­quent travel­ers of the new se­cu­rity mea­sures in an email Wednes­day.

“As of July 19, if you’re trav­el­ling to the U.S., the U.S. De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity re­quires you to take your per­sonal elec­tronic de­vices larger than a smart­phone, such as your lap­top and/or tablet, out of their pro­tec­tive cases and to turn it on, if asked,” they ad­vised, adding that de­vices that failed to com­ply would not be al­lows on­board.

The new rules ap­ply to roughly 180 for­eign and U.S.-based air­lines fly­ing from 280 air­ports in 105 coun­tries.

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