The U.S. may have backed off the electronics ban for flights to the U.S.
But the price was that foreign airports would have to have new security measures in place to be dictated by the Department of Homeland Security.
TSA Agents in Charlotte Watch News of the TSA’s 95% Failure to Detect Weapons and Bombs, Instead of Searching for Weapons and Bombs (HT: Tocqueville)
Now comes word that DHS may have a new inconvenience of dubious security value in the pipeline: no more electronic check-in for flights to the U.S.
The US Department of Homeland Security may announce as soon as next week a series of revisions to check-in procedures outside the US that will set the airline world back 30 years.
An international carrier advised LNC of the following, revised procedures DHS has notified it that will be put in place between now and October.
The US government will not permit passengers to check-in online (or using an airline’s mobile app) or at kiosks. Every passenger will have to check in with a person so that they can be asked ‘security questions’ such as the ones that used to be required for all travel in the U.S. but were deemed ineffective:
“Did you pack your own bag? Has it been out of your possession at any time? Has anyone asked you to carry something onto the aircraft?”
Flying back from Paris earlier this year I was asked about my profession as well as what I had done during my travels. I was SSSS’d for the trip, and naturally concerned it would follow me on future travels but fortunately it didn’t.
Some passengers, after answering questions, will be
separated from his/her party — even if traveling with children for high-intensity screening in a separate holding area at the gate. The passenger will not be allowed to rejoin or communicate with the rest of the party until after boarding the aircraft.
Playmobil Security Playset
All passengers will have carry on bags tested for explosive particles. Leeham News suggests “the new measures take effect within 21 days through October.”
While this information reportedly comes from “an international carrier” that would be affected by the changes, we’ll have to wait to see if DHS moves forward with these new plans.