USA-bound passengers to face increased screening

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The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) announced that all USA-bound passengers will be subjected to increased mandatory security screening with immediate effect.

The increased checks comes in the wake of a recently issued United States Transportation Security Administration (US-TSA) requirement which stipulates that additional screening of passengers and electronic devices including laptop computers and tablets are be conducted.

The aviation body is urging all passengers to check-in three hours ahead of their flight time to facilitate the added security screening which is to be conducted by the airline operators.

Guyana is among the more that 100 countries around the world that will be adopting the required additional security measures.

Those heightened security measures covers the carriage of electronic devices in both carry-on and checked luggage. Passengers who refuse to cooperate with the authorities will be prevented from carrying those items on board.

In the interest of safety and hassle-free travel, GCAA is encouraging all passengers to conform with the new requirements stipulated by the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) authorities and the airline operators.

Last month, the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said that it was deemed necessary to implement enhanced security measures for all commercial flights bound for the United States “in light of evaluated intelligence.”

Speaking on the subject, DHS Secretary John F. Kelly said “our enemies are adaptive, and we have to be adaptive as well. A number of the measures we plan to put in place can be dialed up or down in a risk-based, intelligence-driven manner. And over the next several weeks and months, we’ll work with our partners to ensure these measures are fully implemented.”

Since 9/11, terrorists have ratcheted up their efforts to bring down jetliners to instill fear, disrupt economies, and undermine the normal way of life.

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About: Wayne Farley

Wayne Farley is a safety evangelist who has 30 years of experience in the aviation industry with many of those years spent as an air traffic controller in aerodrome, approach and area facilities. He is an aviation enthusiast and maintains an active blog.

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