• Airport security could soon start at the kerb, says TSA boss

    The nation’s aviation security forces must shift their focus away from checkpoints and toward public areas of airports to adapt to a changing threat exemplified by a spate of recent attacks, the agency’s new chief said. David Pekoske, a former vice commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard ...

    POSTED 8 Mar, 2018 15 Comments

  • Flying to America? Get ready to be interrogated

    Travelers headed to America may be talking more with their airline. The Department of Homeland Security now requires carriers to ask U.S.-bound passengers additional screening questions on about 2,100 daily flights starting. These conversations may include the purpose of a trip, whether a bag h...

    POSTED 29 Oct, 2017 0 Comments

  • Coming soon: tighter security for domestic flights?

    Domestic Australian flights could soon face similar security restrictions to international services in the wake of an alleged terrorist plot to plant a bomb onto an Etihad flight from Sydney to Abu Dhabi. Stricter identity checks are said to be a central part of the security clampdown, which wou...

    POSTED 8 Aug, 2017 56 Comments

  • US unveils tighter security screening for iPads, other tablets

    U.S. airline passengers will have to take tablet computers and other large electronic devices out of carry-on bags for inspection as the government phases in tighter screening prompted by fears terror groups can hide bombs in them. Most passengers already had to remove laptops from their bags wh...

    POSTED 27 Jul, 2017 10 Comments

  • Hong Kong Airport to debut world's slowest 'fast-track' channel?

    Hong Kong International Airport plans to launch a fast-track security lane in September 2017, with Cathay Pacific among the airlines lined up to offer the streamlined travel experience to its premium passengers. But it seems like the fast-lane won't get you very far, as the airport won't be open...

    POSTED 19 Jul, 2017 14 Comments

  • USA lifts 'electronics ban' on Emirates, Etihad, Qatar flights

    The United States has stepped down its ‘electronics ban’ on all Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways flights from Dubai, Abi Dhabi and Doha to the USA, with passengers again able to carry larger electronic devices like laptops, tablets and noise-cancelling headphones into the ai...

    POSTED 5 Jul, 2017 7 Comments

  • Qantas, Virgin Australia flights to USA face tighter security

    Travellers flying from Australia to the USA will undergo more rigorous security checks of technology including laptops and tablets before boarding their flights in the wake of new measures introduced by the US Department of Homeland Security overnight. It represents one of the most sweeping...

    POSTED 29 Jun, 2017 14 Comments

  • Amsterdam Airport tests 'express lane' for those who travel light

    Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport is looking to give travelers with little or no baggage speedier passage through security by letting them bypass checkpoints clogged with an increasing number of passengers loaded with carry-ons. Beginning in July, the airport will start a trial to streamline pr...

    POSTED 29 Jun, 2017 1 Comment

  • Emirates embraces 'selfies' for airport security checks

    Emirates is introducing facial recognition technology to shorten passengers’ waits at immigration and check-in counters, a move that comes as the U.S. revives a ban that could complicate air travel from the Middle East. Passengers will be able to upload biometric details such as ‘sel...

    POSTED 28 Jun, 2017 0 Comments

  • Laptop, tablet ban for European flights "still on the table"

    U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and European Union leaders agreed to continue talks on whether to expand an American ban on laptops in airliner cabins to include flights from Europe, the two sides said. Kelly in a call with European Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and...

    POSTED 31 May, 2017 0 Comments

  • US laptop ban could extend to Qantas, Virgin Australia flights

    US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said he may ban laptop computers in the cabins of all international flights into and out of the U.S. amid continuing terrorist threats to bring down airplanes, but that a final decision hadn’t been made. “That’s really the thing that th...

    POSTED 29 May, 2017 13 Comments

  • New airport scanners could end bans on liquids, gels and laptops

    Manufacturers of airport security equipment have a message for travelers who fear they will have to give up laptops and tablet computers on international flights: They have a solution. At least four of the largest companies making screening devices say they are developing scanners so much better...

    POSTED 27 May, 2017 6 Comments

  • USA abandons 'electronics ban' idea for Europe-USA flights

    UPDATE | The United States has stopped short of extending an all-out 'electronics ban' to US-bound flights from Europe: a move that would have caused chaos for both passengers and airlines alike. Instead, both regions continue to consider "other measures" to improve inflight safety and security,...

    POSTED 18 May, 2017 9 Comments

  • US considers expanding airline laptop ban beyond Europe

    The U.S. is considering expansion of a ban on laptops in airliner cabins on flights not only from Europe but from other regions as well, as objections against any broader restrictions mounted. U.S. anti-terror officials are looking at other areas “not solely Europe,” David Lapan, a s...

    POSTED 17 May, 2017 2 Comments

  • Australia considers inflight laptop, tablet ban for airlines

    Australian travellers may soon be banned from bringing large electronic devices such as laptops and tablets into the cabin aboard certain international flights, mirroring similar bans already in place by the United States and the United Kingdom on selected routes. "We are looking at it very clos...

    POSTED 16 May, 2017 43 Comments

  • Security tightened on flights from Middle East to Australia

    Passengers flying from Abu Dhabi, Doha and Dubai to Australia will face increased airport security measures from this week as the Australian Government reacts to the ‘electronics bans’ recently imposed by the United States and the United Kingdom. Affecting travellers aboard Qantas fl...

    POSTED 3 Apr, 2017 8 Comments

  • How Emirates, Etihad, Qatar are responding to the electronics ban

    Faced with a ban on any carry-on technology larger than a smartphone on direct flights to the USA, the big 'Middle East Three' airlines are finding innovative ways to work around this incredible disincentive for business travellers. The sweeping ban – which covers everything from nois...

    POSTED 31 Mar, 2017 8 Comments

  • Bose banned! US, UK inflight electronics ban includes headphones

    Noise-cancelling headphones such as the popular Bose QC series have been banned from flights to the USA and the UK under strict new rules regarding inflight electronics. A spokesperson for the US Transportation Security Administration has confirmed to Australian Business Traveller that any pair ...

    POSTED 29 Mar, 2017 38 Comments

  • How Australian travellers are affected by the USA, UK laptop bans

    With the United States and the United Kingdom now banning laptops and tablets aboard flights from a host of countries and airports, some travellers will be forced to transport these – and other large electronic devices – inside their checked luggage, rather than in a carry-on bag. Bu...

    POSTED 23 Mar, 2017 21 Comments

  • UK joins US with flight ban on electronic devices

    The British government will ban laptops, tablets and other large devices from cabin baggage on direct flights to the UK from six countries in the Middle East and Africa, less than 24 hours after the US implemented a similar ban citing security risks. However, the UK action does not include fligh...

    POSTED 22 Mar, 2017 17 Comments

  • USA bans laptops, tablets, Kindles on selected US-bound flights

    The US Government has banned passengers from carrying devices such as laptops, tablets and ebook readers on direct flights bound for the United States from a host of Middle Eastern and African countries. Impacting flights to the US departing from 10 specific airports, Australian travellers jetti...

    POSTED 21 Mar, 2017 47 Comments

  • Sydney, Melbourne Airports now using full body scanners

    Sydney and Melbourne Airport are now using controversial full-body scanners, with international travellers being randomly selected for screening -- and unable to opt out unless they have a solid medical reason. Passengers who are selected for a body scan  but "refuse to undergo th...

    POSTED 10 Dec, 2012 36 Comments

  • How Qantas passengers can jump the US immigration queue...

    UPDATE | Being met at the airport gate, having someone from the airline keep an eye on your connection, fast tracking your way through customs and immigration on arrival into the United States, and an escort through the airport -- how much is that worth to you, business traveller? Qantas' main U...

    POSTED 18 May, 2012 6 Comments

  • Aussie airports to phase out 100ml carry-on limit on liquids, gels

    Australian airports will begin lifting the 100ml restriction on packing liquids, gels and aerosol sprays in your carry-on bags from the middle of this year. Passengers will once again be able to carry bottles of water, more sizeable cosmetics as well as wine, spirits, perfume and other toiletrie...

    POSTED 19 Apr, 2012 7 Comments

  • Australian airports to get millimetre-wave body scanners

    Full-body 'millimetre wave' scanners will be introduced at all eight of Australia's international gateway airports. The rollout of the scanners will commence in July as part of a $28 million security programme, according to a statement released today by Federal Minister for Infrastructure & ...

    POSTED 6 Feb, 2012 2 Comments

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