On June 28 the US Homeland Security Secretary, John Kelly, announced heightened security measures for foreign flights arriving in the United States. The US authorities now require enhanced screening of passengers and their personal electronic devices on all commercial services to America
Industry observers believe the move is designed to avoid an extension of the in-cabin ban on large electronic devices which was introduced on flights leaving ten airports in eight countries this March.
The Reuters news agency has reported that airlines have 21 days to put in place increased explosive screening and have 120 days to comply with other security measures, including enhanced screening of airline passengers.
As yet, no airlines have commented on the new measures, but a Heathrow Airport spokesperson said: “Heathrow’s top priority is the safety and security of our passengers and colleagues.
“We are aware of the announcement from the Department of Homeland Security in relation to enhanced screening of passengers flying to the United States. Alongside our airline partners, we will work to ensure passenger journeys through Heathrow are as smooth as possible and will provide advice to passengers in due course.”