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PSA: Heightened Security At Airports Roll Out Today | What You Should Know

By Kishore Sawh on July 19th 2017

If you are planning on flying into the United States anytime soon a new set of regulations and the rolling out of new security measures has begun, and you should take note.

There has been a lot of push-and-pull in regards to aviation security over the past 6 months and much of it highly politicized. This ebb and flow, if you will, has been a cause of stress for travelers worldwide, and in no short part to the fact it’s always changing. There was the laptop ban imposed on certain Middle-Eastern and Muslim-majority countries which still stands, and then recently the same measure was suggested for US-bound flights from Europe.

Many sighed in relief when the department of Homeland Security laid bare that it would, in fact, not be extending the laptop ban to flights to the US originating in Europe, but as of today there are other things to consider.

Passengers on flights inbound from Canada, Mexico, and indeed anywhere else will be subject to more scrutiny and longer processing times. Numerous major airlines and international news outlets are currently informing the public to arrive at minimum 3 hours ahead of time., but it goes further than that. While arriving early is something most of us have become accustomed to, there are other provisions that will affect photographers and other creatives more directly.

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What To Consider For Devices:

It’s being reported that any devices larger than a cellphone will have to be separated for inspection and removed from any protective cases.

In addition, passengers are being told to have all of their electronic devices FULLY charged for potential inspection. This is perhaps of most concern, because as noted months ago, if the request is made to open and turn on your device (cameras, lights included) and it doesn’t have the power to do so, that device may have to be surrendered. What chance there is of getting them back we don’t yet know.

We always recommend from an air transport safety perspective to keep all lithium ion batteries in your hand luggage and not checked baggage, however, definately ensure your devices are sufficiently charged, and that includes cameras, laptops, tablets, and so on.

Sources: CBC, Mashable, Department Of Homeland Security

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A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

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  1. Photography Rogue

    Sad stuff. Somebody should teach (not only) Americans how to implement true security (and not to “play safe”). Then we could travel safely and meet as a free people who even understand the secret of encryption. :)

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  2. Jim Stevens

    “Security over the ‘pat’ 6 months…”  does nobody proofread anymore?? 

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    • Kishore Sawh

      Nobody? Surely ‘no one’ is the more appropriate pronoun? But, who cares right? Either way, the person who let that typo slide, even whilst managing 10 other things at once, has been drawn out in front of a firing squad and shot at dawn. Hope this suffices, and will send your condolences to the family.  

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  3. Robert Baker

    in my experience the darker you are the more scrunitized your searches are.  like the tsa says “if they’re brown go to town!”

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