[Trinidad] AATT starts new US security protocol

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[Trinidad] AATT starts new US security protocol

Unread post by bimjim » Tue Jul 18, 2017

http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2017-07- ... y-protocol

[Trinidad] AATT starts new US security protocol
Monday, July 17, 2017

Passengers travelling to the United States for the July/August vacation will now have to leave home a little earlier, after the Airports Authority of T&T announced new security measures for departing flights.

In a release yesterday, the AATT said it had been forced to implement the measures after the United States Department of Homeland Security "determined it necessary to enhance security measures for all commercial flights to the United States."

These measures will be implemented at both the Piarco and ANR Robinson International Airports beginning tomorrow ( July 19) for passengers travelling to the United States.

It noted that T&T is one of the 104 countries globally that will be adopting the required measures. It added that the changes to be implemented 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.

The AATT said it expected queuing time at the security check points to be lengthened as a result of these measures and as such, advised passengers to arrive at the airports for the recommended three hours prior to the scheduled departure time for international flights.

The authority thanked the travelling public and its stakeholders in advance for their cooperation in complying with the adjustment, noting it is intended to ensure the safety and security of passengers and operations.

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