Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly spoke about expanded security measures affecting 280 airports in 105 countries. Also, be prepared for more security and screening.
Kelly said these steps include “enhanced screening of electronic devices, more thorough passenger vetting, and new measures designed to mitigate the potential threat of insider attacks.”
A DHS fact-sheet said the department would be “deploying advanced technology” and adding more canine screenings. Kelly talked about “preclearance locations,” which means international travelers will go through customs security screenings before boarding flights into the U.S.
A timeline for implementation is pretty vague: The website says it will happen “over the course of the next several weeks and months.”
Kelly also spoke about other countries following suit. “Unless we all raise our security standards, terrorists who see commercial aviation as the greatest take down will find and attack the weakest link,” he said at the conference.
The new security is expected to affect 325,000 passengers a day. That’s a lot of people preemptively thankful they won’t have to check their laptop and find creative workarounds.