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International travelers: plan extra airport time

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration recently introduced new security screening measures that could complicate international travel.

The new regulations, which are being implemented airline by airline, focus on interview-based passenger screening and heightened attention to electronic devices in hand luggage.

The screening, which extends to all passengers on every flight bound for the U.S. from abroad, is expected to increase airport delays at some or all of the affected international terminals.

Because travelers may be asked to power on or off their electronic devices, traveling with adequately charged batteries may become increasingly important.

The screening interviews will vary from verbal interaction at the check-in counter to paper questionnaires distributed at the gate, depending on the airline. Airlines such as Air France, Lufthansa, Cathay Pacific and Emirates reported that they began expanded interviewing last month.

The new measures come in response to a Department of Homeland Security policy announced in June, when then-Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly said the approximately 2,100 flights entering the U.S. each day required heightened screening as a response to the “spider web” of terrorist threats aimed at commercial aviation.

For more information on TSA screening, visit tsa.gov.

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