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Thursday, 26 October 2017 - 17:48
US-bound travellers to face security interviews before checking in for flights
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US-bound travellers will face security interviews before checking in for flights at a number of global airlines beginning as anti-terrorist measures are stepped up around the world.
 
Lufthansa, Emirates, Air France and Norwegian Air have confirmed that the US authorities had asked for tougher controls at airports for non-stop flights to the US.
 
Other carriers issued statements also confirming the new measures.
 
“In addition to the controls of electronic devices already introduced, travellers to the US might now also face short interviews at check-in, document check or gate,” a Lufthansa spokesperson said.
 
“The implementation will take place on October 26. The security of our passengers and staff is our top priority,” he added.
 
Emirates said passengers would be subjected to “pre-screening interviews at the check-in counter” whereas Air France said it expected to apply an additional “security interview.”
 
Cathay Pacific said it would halt services allowing passengers to check in luggage from downtown Hong Kong or curbside at the airport, and instead interview them at check-in gates.
 
The airlines suggested that passengers arrive early for their flights to account for any additional delays caused by the new rules.
 
Norwegian said that its passengers would receive instructions by an SMS message and that check-in desks would open four hours before departure for flights to the US.
 
The US Transportation Security Administration confirmed that a package of new security measures, including a direct screening of passengers, more checks for personal electronic devices, and other measures, were being introduced.
 
Spokeswoman Lisa Martinez said the measures would affect around 2,100 daily flights to the US from around the world. “These measures, both seen and unseen, include an enhanced screening of passengers and electronic devices as well as heightened security standards for aircraft and airports,” she said.
 
But she would not confirm the specific use of check-in interviews.
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