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Fact Sheet: Aviation Security Enhancements for Select Last Point of Departure Airports with Commercial Flights to the United States (Updated July 21, 2017)

Release Date: 
March 21, 2017

Updated Date: July 21, 2017
Previous Releases: July 17, 2017 | July 14, 2017 | July 12, 2017 | July 10, 2017 | July 5, 2017 | March 21, 2017

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[NOTE: This is the most current fact sheet regarding recent aviation security enhancements, specifically which airports are currently affected.  For the original list of affected airports, please see previous releases listed above.]

Evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation and are aggressively pursuing innovative methods to undertake their attacks, to include smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items. Based on this information, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly and Transportation Security Administration Acting Administrator Huban Gowadia have determined it is necessary to enhance security procedures for passengers at certain last point of departure airports to the United States.

Impacted International Flights Bound for the United States

There are currently no airlines under restrictions for large personal electronic devices. The Transportation Security Agency (TSA) has lifted the restrictions on large personal electronic devices for the ten airports/nine airlines in the Middle East and North Africa, which were announced in March. These airports and airlines have also successfully implemented the first phase of enhanced security measures.

There is no impact on domestic flights in the United States or flights departing the United States. Electronic devices will continue to be allowed on all flights originating in the United States.

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Last Published Date: March 21, 2017
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