Following a reported terrorist incident on board a Detroit-bound Northwest Airlines flight, Asian carriers have announced a series of stricter security checks for all US routes.
The US Department of Homeland Security has advised passengers that customers bound for the US will be subjected to additional security measures. These include body frisking by security personnel and physical inspection of cabin baggage and personal property prior to boarding.
The use of cabin phones at any time during the flight has also been banned and there will be tighter restrictions on cabin baggage.
Both Singapore Airlines and Cathay Pacific have advised passengers flying to and from the US to prepare for longer more intensive security checks and to increase the time they allow for check-in and for arrival procedures at US airports.
Passengers should check with their relevant airline for the most recent advice and further information can be found on the sites below.
Homeland Security website www.dhs.gov
Transportation Security Administration www.tsa.gov