Secretary John F. Kelly announces new aviation security enhancements

Enhanced Security Measures for all Flights to the United States

On June 28, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly announced enhanced security screening measures for all commercial flights to the United States.  These measures, both seen and unseen include enhanced screening of passengers and electronic devices as well as heightened security standards for aircraft and airports. These measures will affect both foreign and domestic carriers and will further secure flights from more than 280 last point of departure airports in 105 countries around the world.  

The enhanced security measures include but are not limited to:

  • Enhancing overall passenger screening;
  • Conducting heightened screening of personal electronic devices;
  • Increasing security protocols around aircraft and in passenger areas; and
  • Deploying advanced technology, expanding canine screening, and establishing additional preclearance locations.

DHS will be approaching these enhancements in phases.  Some will be required immediately, while others will be implemented over time, in coordination with our international partners.

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