What you need to know about the enhanced security measures for travel to the USA

赴美乘客将需要在安检时接受简短面谈 Security checks at US airports
Travel News 27 Oct 2017

In July 2017, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the introduction of enhanced security screening for people travelling to the United States.

Since then, the following changes have been introduced:

  • Enhancement of overall passenger screening;
  • Increased security protocols around aircraft and in passenger areas;
  • Deployment of advanced technology, expanding canine screening, and establishing additional pre-clearance locations; and
  • Heightened screening of personal electronic devices.

Update as at 26 October - Airlines introduce additional screening

Effective 26 October, five airlines announced the immediate introduction of additional screening of customers travelling on their services into the USA.  This screening may involve the completion of an additional departure card and/or a brief security 'interview' with security staff. 

The airlines that have implemented this are:

  • Air France (AF)
  • Cathay Pacific (CX)
  • Egypt Air (MS)
  • Emirates (EK)
  • Lufthansa (LH)

You can read the current DHS fact sheet HERE.

Right now, please be kindly advised that

  • Passengers should arrive at the airport at least three hours prior to their flight, to ensure they have enough time to check in and clear all security checks prior to boarding.
  • Passengers should be aware of any restrictions regarding the carriage of electronic items.
  • Passengers who intend to carry personal electronics on board the aircraft should ensure that they are able to power up their devices if required at the security check.
  • Some items may be required to be removed from their protective cases or outer packaging.


FAQ: What the electronics ban on flights means to you (UPDATED: 10 Jul 2017)

FAQ: What US-bound travellers need to know about the enhanced security measures (UPDATED: 27 Oct 2017)


If you think you may be impacted by these changes, please contact your Travel Manager.