IATA has welcomed the decision by the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to enhance security measures as an alternative to banning laptops in-cabin on all flights to the US.
The new measures will affect 180 airlines and 280 airports.
The DHS says the heightened security protocols include:
Enhancing overall passenger screening
Conducting heightened screening of personal electronic devices
Increasing security protocols around aircraft and in passenger areas
Deploying advanced technology
Expanding canine screening
Airlines have 120 days to comply with the new regulations, or face sanctions.
IATA says it is looking forward to working with its member airlines and DHS to implement this phased approach to enhanced aviation security, including ensuring airline costs and operational impacts are minimized.
Airlines and airports will need to be supported by host states during the phase-in of the new requirements
Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO, said the ruling “raises the bar on security.”
“The aggressive implementation timeline will, however, be challenging,” he added.
“Meeting it will require a continued team effort of government and industry stakeholders.
“In particular, airlines and airports will need to be supported by host states during the phase-in of the new requirements.”
The ruling means that the current laptop ban on certain flights from the Middle East and Africa could also be lifted, provided the heightened security protocols are adhered to.