NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday announced new airline security measures for flights coming into the United States.
As CBS2’s Dana Tyler reported, the new initiative coms in response to urgent and evolving threats. It will affect all commercial international flights bound for the U.S.READ MORE: Westfield Home Invasion, Sexual Assault Suspect In Custody
The new security measures include enhanced screening of electronic devices, more thorough passenger vetting, and more sophisticated screening approaches – including advance checkpoint technology and better use of explosive detection canines.
The new measures will be phased in over time.READ MORE: NYPD: Suspect Grabbed 11-Year-Old Girl's Hair, Tried To Choke Her At Stuyvesant Square Park
“Additionally, we will encourage more airports to become pre-clearance locations,” said Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. “This is not only enhances security, it also increases convenience by allowing international travelers to go to customs and border security screening before boarding flights to the United States.”
Kelly said airlines and airports that choose not to cooperate or are slow to adopt could be subject to other restrictions.MORE NEWS: Robert Durst Charged With 1982 Murder Of Former Wife Kathie Durst
Those restrictions could include a ban on electronic devices on aircraft, or even suspension of their flights into the United States.