TSA New Security Directives – Additional Information

  • The United States and the global aviation community face an adaptive and agile enemy.  Terrorists continue to target commercial aviation, and the United States continues to work with our partners to raise the baseline of global aviation security and keep the entire traveling public safe. Terrorist groups are actively working to compromise passenger aircraft, including pursuing innovative methods for hiding explosives and recruiting airport and airline insiders.
  • As we look to stay ahead of the evolving threats, we’ll be working with global aviation stakeholders to expand security measures even further through the use of canines, establishing additional preclearance locations, and focusing on next generation technology.
  • TSA is continuing to implement the Department of Homeland Security’s efforts to raise the global aviation security baseline.
  • As former Secretary Kelly described when he announced the measures this past summer, those who fail to adopt these requirements within certain timeframes may be subject to additional security restrictions being imposed, including a ban on large personal electronic devices on the aircraft or even suspension of flights to the United States.
  • The urgency of the threat requires all of us to raise the baseline on global aviation security and implement measures that exceed current standards.
  • In June, DHS launched a broad initiative to enhance security requirements for all direct commercial flights into 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.
  • As we move forward, TSA will continue to work closely with our aviation partners and verify that all security enhancements are accurately implemented.
  • As threats continue to evolve, we, and our partners around the world, will continue to work together to improve intelligence sharing and standardize best practices, while also pursuing technological advancements that will make flying more secure for everyone.
  • Some specific requirements or measures may 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.
  • The security measures affect all individuals, international passengers and U.S. citizens, traveling to the United States from a last point of departure international location.
  • These new measures will impact all flights from airports that serve as last points of departure locations to the United States. The exact number of flights will vary on a day to day basis, but it will affect approximately 2,100 flights and over 325,000 passengers daily.