Security Changes To US-Bound Flights
The US Department of Homeland Security and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has introduced additional security processes for all flights to the USA, regardless of country of origin. As an airline, Air New Zealand must comply with these security measures, and this means some changes for our customers flying to the USA.
Air New Zealand recommends passengers travelling on US services allow extra time to complete check-in, security and boarding requirements. Customers will have their passports checked prior to entering the boarding gate, and some will also be asked to take part in additional security screening at this point.
The additional time required for security processes means people with tight connection times from domestic or other international flights may miss their connecting flight. Please be mindful when booking customers on services connecting to US flights that extra time should be allowed.
A reminder for customers travelling to the USA as follows:
- Please arrive at your departure airport early to complete check-in, security and boarding requirements
- Passengers may need to undergo additional screening processes, including inspection of your personal electronic devices (laptops, tablets, cameras, mobile phones etc.)
- Passengers travelling to the US will have their passports checked prior to entering the boarding gate, and may be asked to take part in additional security screening at this point
- Please ensure all devices are fully charged prior to your flight as you may be asked to switch them on during the security inspection – you may be asked to dispose of the item or be denied access to your flight if you cannot turn it on
Article credit: Air New Zealand Wing Tips Issue 4043, 19 July 2017.