A few weeks back, we wrote about the Department of Homeland Security’s plan to roll out enhanced security measures on flights bound for the U.S. Well, an email I received from United Airlines yesterday revealed that the changes are set to take effect this week. If you’ll be flying into the U.S. from abroad in the near future, you should plan to be at the airport even earlier than you might have in the past. United recommends arriving at least three hours prior to departure.
As noted in the earlier story, the updated security measures are expected to put large electronic devices (laptops, tablets, etc.) under more intense scrutiny. You may even be asked to remove such devices from your cases—though these changes are notably coming as the Middle East laptop ban is done away with.
Reader Alan of View from the Wing (scroll down to the first comment) does a great job explaining the step-by-step process he just encountered flying from the Middle East to the U.S. with the new procedures. If you have an experience with the new security measures to share, please leave it in the comments below!
For more on what to expect, see the DHS’ fact sheet here.
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