Friday, October 27, 2017 12:30 AM

AIRLINES GET READY FOR NEW U.S. SECURITY RULES FROM THURSDAY

(This October 25 story has been refiled to clarify that IATA CEO remarks referred to March rules)

By David Shepardson and Jamie Freed

WASHINGTON/TAIPEI (Reuters) - New security measures including stricter passenger screening take effect on Thursday on all U.S.-bound flights to comply with government requirements aimed at responding to threats of hidden explosives, airlines said.

Airlines contacted by Reuters said the new measures could include short security interviews with passengers at check-in or the boarding gate, sparking concerns over flight delays and extended processing time.

They will affect 325,000 airline passengers on about 2,100 commercial flights arriving daily in the United States, on 180 airlines from 280 airports in 105 countries.

U.S. Transportation Security Administration officials are giving some airlines or airports additional time to comply with the new interviews as long the U.S. government has approved security plans by Thursday.

TSA will continue to work closely with our aviation partners and verify that all security enhancements are accurately implemented, TSA spokeswoman Lucy Martinez said in a statement Wednesday.

The United States announced the new rules in June to end its restrictions on carry-on electronic devices on planes coming from ...

News source: Reuters

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