Just last week we read about how incoming flights to the United States will be subjected to new security screening procedures. Now, in the wake of the new rules, Air India is said to be using extra explosive trace detectors (ETD) to scan possible explosive devices in handbags on direct flights to the United States from Delhi and Mumbai airports. Also Read - Best laptops under Rs 50,000 in India in July 2021: Mi Notebook 14, Acer Aspire 3, moreAlso Read - Best laptops under Rs 30,000 for work from home: HP 245 G7, Lenovo Ideapad S145 and more
Indira Gandhi International Airport T3 terminal has two dedicated gates for non-stop flights to the US, and both of them have got extra explosive trace detectors (ETD) for the electronic devices being carried in hand baggage. On the other hand, the Mumbai International Airpot is also using ETDs for all direct flights to the US. ToI quoted a senior Air India official saying, “US-bound passengers have long been screened just before they board aircraft and their handbags are X-rayed. Only those personal electronic devices (PEDs) that arouse suspicion were made to undergo ETD test. Recently, there were some changes in the US rules and now all big PEDs like laptops have to undergo ETD test. This is being done for some weeks now.” ALSO READ: Airlines, airport CIOs embracing AI for better customer experience
As of now, all the passengers have been required to remove laptops and place them in trays, which were then scanned via the X-ray machine. Now, with the new rules in place, travellers will be required to remove all electronic devices that are larger than a smartphone, and place them in the tray with anything above or below the devices.
Air India has also begun questioning passengers about their purpose of visit. As and when there is a new directive from the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA), we comply with the same and are in compliance for the latest one too.” added the official. The new rules come during a 120-day period after the US lifted a ban on laptops in hand luggage for passengers flying to the country from the Middle East or via certain Middle Eastern airlines.
Meanwhile, last week there were reports that authorities might soon ban carrying of laptops in check-in bags. If reports are to be believed, the new rule might come into effect owing to how the batteries in these devices can potentially catch fire. However, the cabin luggage will still allow these electronics. Power banks, portable mobile chargers and e-cigarettes are already banned in check-in baggage in India.