The TSA said in July it was imposing new security rules requiring USA 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.
Travellers may also be asked to switch off their electronic devices, including phones. "However, as and when there is a new directive from the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA), we comply with the same and are in compliance for the latest one too", an AI spokesperson said.
"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.
Some airlines, such as Cathay Pacific Airways, are going to stop allowing passengers to do self check-ins and self-bag drops for flights headed to America.
In March, the U.S. announced restrictions on laptops on flights originating from 10 airports in eight countries, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Turkey.
The US has beefed up its airport security checks, meaning travellers to the country could be facing interviews before they can fly. He said, "What we have seen is very odd ..."
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Airlines contacted by Reuters said the new measures could include short security interviews with passengers at check-in or the boarding gate, sparking concerns over flight delays and extended processing time.
"We advise all customers travelling on our flights to arrive at the airport at least two hours before departure".
The Department of Homeland Security is about to roll out new, heightened security measures that will impact the 2,000 flights and 325,000 travelers who arrive in the USA from foreign countries every day.
The TSA has also further restricted access to aircraft.
Even as airlines have no choice but to comply with the new rules, industry bodies like the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) have raised concerns about the impact of such measures.
Passengers headed to the United States will be questioned before boarding aircraft. Ultimately, it will have to be the passenger.