Non-stop Air India flights to the US to get additional security measures for electronic devices

A senior security officer said that due to some changes in the US rules, personal electronic devices have to undergo the electronic trace detection.

Non-stop flights from India to the US, have got extra explosive trace detectors at departure gates to scan personal electronic devices that will be carried as cabin baggage.

Non-stop Air India flights to the US to get additional security measures for electronic devices

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According to a report in The Times of India, departure gates dedicated for non-stop US flights at New Delhi and Mumbai airport, now have glass barricades to ensure that passengers go straight to the aircraft.

The United Airlines and Air India are the two non-stop flights that depart from India.

Speaking to the TNN, a senior security officer said that due to some changes in the US rules, personal electronic devices have to undergo the electronic trace detection. However, it is only for those devices which create suspicion.

According to an Air India spokesperson, the additional security measure has begun. Passengers flying to the US would be questioned during boarding about their purpose of visit, strict checking of passports and visas will take place at check-in counters.

Recently, international aviation agencies had planned to ban laptops in check-in baggages in India. Instead, they will be carried as cabin baggage. The changes were brought in consequence to various tests done by the International Civil Aviation Organisation and Federal Aviation Administration.

Earlier this year, the US had banned carrying laptops as cabin baggage in flights for passengers going to the Middle East. Those carrying devices bigger than a smartphone were banned from these flights. Previous reports suggest that the ban on electronics on certain airlines was related to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The US had received information from a US special forces raid in Yemen.

The passengers had to go through additional screening along with their devices. This was done to rule out any possibility of an explosive.

However, by July the ban was lifted and the airlines were carrying laptops to as in-flight baggage.

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