New security measures for flights to US; canine screening, tablets & laptops to be checked

Monday, July 17, 2017 - 13:45

The Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (AATT) has advised that the United States Department of Homeland Security has determined it necessary to enhance security measures for all commercial flights to the United States.

It says these measures will be implemented at the Piarco and ANR Robinson International Airports beginning July 19, 2017, for passengers travelling to the United States.

Trinidad and Tobago is one of the 104 countries globally that will be adopting the required measures.

Changes that will be experienced due to the enhanced security measures include but are not limited to:

• Heightened overall passenger screening.

• Extensive screening of personal electronic devices: - electronic devices larger than a cell phone (for example laptop computers or tablets) as carry on or checked luggage may be subjected to further security screening.

• Increased security protocols around aircraft and in passenger areas.

• Deployment of advanced technology and the introduction of canine screening.

It says that as a result of the new measures, queuing time at the security check points may be lengthened.

It says that the travelling public is therefore reminded to arrive at the airports the recommended 3 hours prior to the scheduled departure time for international flights.