by Mark Albert
TOKYO (TVR) – The U.S.-bound passengers, including this reporter, approached the thin, black, portable stands one by one at Gate 145 at Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (HND) on Friday, part of the first wave of passengers worldwide to undergo extra screening mandated by the Trump administration.
Three plain-clothed security screeners asked each passenger, including this reporter, a series of questions:
- Where are you coming from?
- How long were you there?
- What were you doing in the country of origin?
- Where are you going to today?
- Did you pack your own bags?
- Has anyone given you anything to carry onboard for them?
- Have the bags always been in your possession?
- Did you buy anything at your initial departure airport after you cleared security?
The entire interview took less than five minutes and was nearly identical to interviews experienced for the past several years on flights bound for America from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) in the Netherlands.
Later, as boarding was about to commence, four more agents checked to make sure passengers had the requisite sticker on the back of their passports.
A separate area had been set up behind the gate counter for extra physical screening, but was not used at the time this reporter boarded the aircraft.