Flying Internationally? – Luggage Factory

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Flying Internationally?

Recent changes in rules regarding electronics in carryon on international flights have resulted in stronger security measures prior to boarding flights bound for the United States.   Last spring, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) banned electronics larger than cell phones in the passenger cabin on non-stop flights from specific countries. The new regulations, which are a tradeoff to being allowed to carry laptops, tablets and similar electronics in the passenger cabin, include short interviews with passengers at check in or the gate, which could possibly result in delays in taking off. These enhanced screening measures affect over 300,000 travelers on approximately 2000 flights operated by almost 200 airlines serving 100-plus countries.  Many carriers, including Lufthansa, Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific are advising passengers to arrive at the airport at least 3 hours prior to departure to allow for additional screening. In addition to more screening for passengers on international flights returning to the USA, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), this summer, began to require passengers to remove all electronics larger than cell phones from their carry on luggage and to place these items in separate bins for screening at the security checkpoint.  Those passengers with TSAPreü are still exempt from this new rule. Our advice:  be prepared and plan ahead.  Getting to the airport early is always a good idea.  With additional screening now a necessity so that we can travel abroad with our electronics, allowing ample time to get through this process is important.  With so many different carriers around the world having to undertake extra steps to ensure that the aircraft and passengers are safe and secure, plan to expect the unexpected and understand that more changes may be made in the future.      

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