New US airport screening: What will be different when you land

Are you ready for the new TSA rules

In March, the USA announced restrictions on laptops on flights originating from 10 airports in eight countries, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Turkey.

The measures will be rolled out for 180 airlines operating out of 280 airports in 105 countries.

"The new directive requires passenger pre-screening interviews at the check-in counter for originating passengers and at the boarding gate for transfer and transit passengers".

New security measures including stricter passenger screening take effect on Thursday on all US -bound flights to comply with government requirements aimed at responding to threats of hidden explosives, airlines said.

"We see this as a big issue for China Airlines", Steve Chang, senior vice president of the Taiwanese firm told reporters on Wednesday, adding the airline was trying to consult with the American Institute in the country over the issue.

The International Air Transport Association, which represents 275 airlines, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. This is going to lengthen the amount of recommended time passengers need to check in before their flights, likely at least an hour and a half and for some airlines, up to 3 hours before take-off.

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Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd said it would suspend in-town check-in and self bag-drop services for passengers booked on direct flights to the United States. It could mean delays and headaches for travelers and airline companies.

Coming soon, is the ban on electronic devices being allowed to travel in checked-in luggage. AI and United are the only two airlines that fly nonstop between India and US.

SIA put up a notice on its website on October 25 to remind travel-lers of the tighter security screening, though The Straits Times understands that checks at Changi Airport were already intensified in July, soon after the United States announcement. "Unilateral measures announced without any prior consultation".

The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines recently called for security measures to be risk-based and proportionate. Passengers also had to have their carry-on bags searched, along with their electronics.

Virgin Atlantic has said the new rules won't disrupt customers. Some of those new requirements take effect this week as well.

The checks being done at Changi and other airports aim to increase security without widening an in-cabin ban on laptops and other large electronic devices that was imposed on selected flights earlier this year.

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