Homeland Security Unveils Enhanced Security Measures….GOOD NEWS?  No Electronics BAN!!!!

Homeland Security Unveils Enhanced Security Measures….GOOD NEWS? No Electronics BAN!!!!

Homeland Security today released a one page synopsis highlighting their focuses for enhanced screening for passengers traveling to the USA.

Rather than transpose the text released by the agency, I’ve copied their summary below.  

It’s fairly straight forward.   280 airports in 105 countries will subject passengers to additional scrutiny including extra screening of electronics.    

Their release did not indicate which airports would be subject to the extra security.   This comes as great relief to many of us who feared the worst as far as not being able to bring electronics aboard certain flights.

 

From Homeland Security:

 

Change to Global Aviation Security Requirements

In light of evaluated intelligence, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly has determined it is necessary to implement enhanced security 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.

  • Countries: 105
  • Airports: 280 (approximate number as it will vary based on seasonal airports)
  • Total airlines: 180
  • Average daily flights: 2,100
  • Passengers: 325,000 average daily passengers

 

Enhanced Security Measures and Timeline

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.

Over the course of the next several weeks and months, DHS/TSA will work with aviation stakeholders to ensure these enhanced security measures are fully implemented.  Those stakeholders who fail to adopt these requirements with certain timeframes run the risk of additional security restrictions being imposed.

International Flights Bound for the United States

These enhanced security measures will help to secure all commercial flights departing from 280 airports that serve as last points of departure to the United States.
 
 


Latest From Homeland Security Boss:  Electronics Ban May Not Be Necessary

Latest From Homeland Security Boss: Electronics Ban May Not Be Necessary

In the soap opera known as ‘Will There, Or Won’t There Be An Electronics Ban’ it appears that the latest chapter suggests that we may not have much to worry about.

Speaking at the International Summit on Borders, Homeland Security boss John Kelly state that he ‘has a fair amount of confidence’ with the notion that aviation security measures can be improved and increased, thus benefiting passengers.

He added “The good news is, I think … with a fair amount of confidence, that we can raise the level overall of aviation security and not inconvenience the traveling public very much, if at all in some cases and just really add to the security and get our arms around”

Though he didn’t altogether come out say there’s nothing to worry about regarding a ban, it appears that he may be less keen than he was a few weeks ago on ruining travel for millions of people.

Let’s see how the story changes in the coming days and weeks.   It seems like we get alternating positions from Homeland Security as far as the ban is concerned.

 


Coming to the USA?  We Might need your Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook IDs

Coming to the USA? We Might need your Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook IDs

In a proposal submitted by Homeland Security, visitors coming to the US under the Visa Waiver Program may be asked to provide a listing of their various social media ‘profiles’.  Specifically, this would apply to ESTA and I-94W applicants.

In the proposal, Homeland Security suggests that any information provided would only be used for ‘vetting and contact purposes’.

As scary and invasive as this sounds, the proposal as written suggests that providing this addition information will be ‘voluntary’.  However critics of the proposal suggest that most applicants will feel like they have to submit the information so that their applications are not deemed suspicious or incomplete.

The proposal is now open to a 60 day period for public comment before any further steps are taken.

How’s that for Big Brother concepts??