by Mark Albert
WASHINGTON (TVR) – The Department of Homeland Security announced broad new security measures Wednesday for all flights into the United States, while not implementing a long-discussed expansion of the controversial electronics ban as long as airports worldwide meet the updated requirements.
DHS Secretary John Kelly told a conference in Washington, D.C., that the enhanced aviation security measures “will not unduly inconvenience the flying public.”
The new requirements will include increased screening of electronics devices and passenger vetting as well as higher standards for airports and aircraft.
“It is time to raise the global baseline of aviation security,” Secretary Kelly said in his prepared remarks.
“We cannot play international whack-a-mole with each new threat. Instead, we must put in place new measures across the board to keep the traveling public safe and make it harder for terrorists to succeed.”
–>WATCH Kelly’s speech below
New Security Affects Estimated 118 Million
The new security measures will cover 2,100 daily flights arriving into the U.S. from 280 airports in 105 countries around the globe.
More than 118 million passengers a year will be affected, according to a DHS estimate of 325,000 average passengers impacted per day.
One of those passengers will be Maureen Jamieson, a mother of three from St. Louis, who is currently in Italy with her family on a long-planned European trip.
Contacted shortly after the announcement, Jamieson, a frequent traveler, was relieved the much-feared broad electronics ban is not going into effect while she’s overseas.
“Happy my three kids will be able to use their iPads on our flight home next week,” she told The Voyage Report via text message.
But Jamieson also expressed longer-term concerns, especially after recent friction between the U.S. and its allies in the European Union over whether a broad electronics ban is necessary.
“The EU pumping the breaks and threatening to implement their own procedures for flights from the USA to the EU will hopefully lead us to something more rational and effective,” Jamieson said.