Flying to USA? Get prepared for interview in the airport

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Anastasia Dagaeva
October 26, 2017
On Oct. 26 2017, new security measures regarding all U.S.-bound flights are taking effect under Transport Security Administration (TSA) requirements. These new measures include short security interviews with passengers at check-in or the boarding gate and also additional electronic equipment check, regardless its size. 

According to Reuters, these new measures will affect 325,000 airline passengers on about 2,000 commercial flights arriving daily in the United States, on 180 airlines from 280 airports in 105 countries. Airlines call on passengers to arrive in the airport at least three hours prior to departure time, as screening procedures would make the whole process longer. Airlines already forecast delays. 


Cathay Pacific Airways stated it would suspend in-town check-in and self bag-drop services for passengers booked on direct flights to the United States. Passengers are told to arrive three hours earlier and expect short security interviews. Singapore Airlines said the security checks could include personal electronics check and security interview during check-in and boarding. 

Air France plans to perform security interviews on Oct. 26 at Paris Orly Airport and a week later, on Nov. 2, at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport. The carrier said extra screening will take a form of an interview applied to «100 percent» passengers. 

According to Emirates statement, the airline would begin doing «pre-screening interviews» at it’s check-in counters for passengers leaving Dubai and also inside transit zones. It informed the passengers flying through Dubai International Airport to plan extra time for check-in and board. 
Photos: Leonid Faerberg (Transport-Photo Images) 

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