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Air India steps up security procedure for US-bound flyers

Air India steps up security procedure for US-bound flyers

In a statement, Virgin Atlantic said: "We work closely with USA authorities to ensure the safety and security of our flights, and are aware of the additional measures - however, we do not anticipate any disruption to customers".

The TSA gave first notice of the new guidelines in June.

Some carriers, such as Air France, plan to get fliers to fill out a short form.

A number of airlines affected by the new rules have tried to reassure passengers the new system won't cause delays. Previously, laptops had been banned in the cabin on flights originating in eight counties in the Middle East and North Africa.

The TSA said in July it was imposing new security rules requiring US domestic airline travelers to remove all electronic items larger than mobile phones such as tablets, e-readers and video game consoles from carry-on baggage for screening.

"Customers are advised to refer to the respective check-in counter opening hours, and to arrive at the airport early to allow sufficient time for enhanced security measures", the airline said. It also halted its in-town check-in and self bag-drop services for direct flights to the U.S. Cathay Pacific told its customers to arrive three hours in advance. Passengers on all flights are now required to remove all devices larger than a mobile phone from their carry-on luggage for screening.

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The US has beefed up its airport security checks, meaning travellers to the country could be facing interviews before they can fly. Travellers were told they had to check in the devices.

New security measures including stricter passenger screening take effect on Thursday on all USA -bound flights to comply with government requirements aimed at responding to threats of hidden explosives, airlines said.

The TSA has also further restricted access to aircraft.

Korean Airlines, South Korea's flagship carrier, also said it had a lot of concerns with the new measures.

AAPA director-general Andrew Herdman told reporters at an industry conference in Taipei yesterday: "Essentially, the United States requirements mean you have to provide pre-check-in screening of passengers and that may involve interviewing passengers, and that involves training a lot of front-line staff, either your own or an appointed agent, to carry out such activities. I don't think the costs have been estimated, but they have been significant", he said.