New security measures for flights to the U.S

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 Antigua & Barbuda is among countries to be affected as new security measures for travel to the United States are announced.

The United States Department of Homeland Security has determined it necessary to enhance security measures for all commercial flights to the United States.

At the time of this publication, the Antigua & Barbuda Airport Authority could not confirm when the measures will take effect.

Antigua & Barbuda 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.

With the new measures, queuing time at the security check points may be lengthened.

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

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