Kenny Totten

Kenny Totten

Posted on October 26, 2017

Should you be traveling in the future, be sure to get to the airport 30-60 minutes earlier then usual. The United States and TSA are unveiling a new wave of security protocols on Thursday.

The new security measures apply to every flight coming into the U.S. from a foreign airport. They include closer inspections of personal electronic devices, beefed up security, and more thorough passenger interviews upon check-in.

Because laptops and tablets are hard to distinguish from an explosive in an x-ray machine, passengers will now have to take anything electronic bigger than a cellphone out of their bag and place it on a bin.

At least two?airlines?— Air France and?Lufthansa?— confirmed that they will begin interviewing passengers on select flights tomorrow, with additional routes and other carriers expected to follow suit shortly.

According to multiple airlines, the interviews will be conducted during check-in or at the gate.

The new procedures come as part of an initiative?announced?in June by then–Homeland Security?Secretary John Kelly “raise the global baseline of aviation security.”

Rather than specifically mandating passenger interviews, the Department of Homeland Security and?Transportation Security Administration?instructed airlines to submit plans that would meet the enhanced passenger screening requirements initiated by Kelly.

Like the electronics screening requirement, the enhanced passenger screening requirements affect 280 airports in 105 countries running about 2,000 flights — with about 325,000 passengers — per day.

Though many airlines opted to do interviews, some may meet the requirements in other ways.

The Kelly initiative came amid a “web of threats to commercial aviation” as?terrorists?try to smuggle explosives onto jets inside laptops or other electronics, according to the DHS.

“We cannot play international whack-a-mole with each new threat,” Kelly said told reporters in June. “Instead, we must put in place new measures across the board to keep the traveling public safe and make it harder for terrorists to succeed.”

“Security adjustments rooted in legitimate concerns are a fact of life for travelers,” U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President Jonathan Grella said in a statement today, adding that all changes in security posture should be “clearly communicated,” “continually reassessed” and “tailored to specific vulnerabilities.”