As a result of the attempted Dec. 25 bombing of Northwest Airlines Flight 253, tightened security measures have been put in place.
Travelers entering the U.S. from Canada are no longer allowed to bring carry-on bags into the cabin of the aircraft, with some exceptions (e.g., medication or medical devices, small purses, laptop computers, musical instruments, and walkers, etc.). Passengers are advised to arrive at the airport three hours prior to their scheduled flight and be prepared for additional screening measures.
Travelers entering the U.S. from other international destinations should expect to encounter enhanced screening measures and an increase in random searches that may increase the amount of time it takes to get through security. These security precautions will be mandatory for all travelers originating from or passing through the following countries: Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Yemen and those designated as state sponsors of terrorism (Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria).
Currently, there are no increased regulations for domestic travelers, but passengers are advised that it may take additional time to get through security, due to enhanced screening and security measures.
For more information, visit tsa.gov.