New screening rules went into effect on 10/26/2017 for all U.S. - bound airline passengers that could mean more detailed inspections of carry-on bags and electronic devices, as well as security interviews by airlines employees. The new rules are part of an effort by the Department of Homeland Security to more thoroughly screen travelers headed to the United States.
The enhanced security measures include but are not limited to:
- Enhancing overall passenger screening;
- Conducting heightened screening of personal electronic devices;
- Increasing security protocols around aircraft and in passenger areas; and
- Deploying advanced technology, expanding canine screening, and establishing additional preclearance locations.
The main aim of these security measures is to raise global aviation security and to keep the traveling public safe. The security measures will affect every traveler (including U.S. citizens), and will not be limited to foreigners traveling on non-immigrant visas into the country.