Global Travel Management has now been advised by several airlines that the US Transportation Security Administration have implemented additional security regulations for customers flying to the United States.
Effective immediately, we recommend that all travellers flying to the US allow extra time at the airport, as they may be subject to additional searches and questions at check-in, security and at the boarding gate.
The main change is that anyone carrying any electronic, or battery powered device, may be required to turn on their device/s in front of security teams, and/or be able to demonstrate the item’s functionality. If, when asked to do so, customers are not able to demonstrate that their device has power, they will not be allowed to fly on their planned service; however, please note that this new regulation does vary from airline to airline (British Airways is one airline however, which IS implementing this rule).
It will also not be possible for customers to place the electronic device, IE. without power, in their hand or hold luggage – they will have to leave the item behind or rebook an alternative flight.
Further advice for customers includes:
- Please do all you can to ensure that items you bring with you are fully powered before you arrive at the airport.
- If you are flying to the US as a transfer customer, especially on long journeys, please make sure that you do not deplete the power in your devices while on the first part of your journey. There will be very limited charging points at airports.
- Please do not bring any broken devices in your hand luggage to the airport as you will not be able to fly as planned.
- Please make sure you arrive in good time for the various stages of your journey, including check-in, main security search areas and at the boarding gate.