Stricter Security in Effect for International Flights - 01/12/10

Purdue’s Travel Office advises staff traveling on University business that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) recently issued new security directives for all domestic and international air carriers flying into the U.S. The directives became effective Jan. 4. 

TSA’s directives mandate that everyone flying into the U.S. from anywhere in the world, from or through nations that are state sponsors of terrorism or other countries of interest, must go through enhanced screening. The directives also increase the use of enhanced screening technologies and call for threat-based and random screening for the majority of passengers on U.S.-bound international flights.

Flights impacted by TSA’s security measures include those originating or passing through Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and Yemen, and those designated as state sponsors of terrorism Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria.

TSA has said it will continuously review its measures to ensure the highest levels of security for passengers.

Security checkpoint requirements for passengers departing U.S. airports have not changed. While domestic passengers need not do anything differently, they may notice added security measures at the airport.

TSA’s checkpoint security screening procedures for persons with disabilities and medical conditions also remain unchanged. TSA permits prescription liquid medications and other liquids needed by persons with disabilities and medical conditions.

For more information, please visit the Transportation Security Administration Web site and click TSA Statement on New Security Measures for International Flights to the U.S.