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December 26, 2009updated Feb 11, 2013

Commercial Flights To Get Higher Security

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

NEW YORK, NY – Following a suspected terrorism attempt yesterday on a Delta Airlines’ Northwest Airlines operated flight from Amersterdam to Detroit, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has initiated a number of new procedures expected to cause delays on flights from abroad to the U.S.

In a statement on its website, Air Canada cautioned “passengers should also expect delayed and cancelled flights as well as missed connections.”

In the past incidents such as yesterday’s that have led to increased security and delays at airports have resulted in higher demand for private jet travel. At this writing, officials at the National Business Aviation Association were not available to comment on whether additional security procedures have been issued for private jet travel.

Among the new rules travelers taking flights from international destinations into the U.S. is a one carry-on bag policy that includes all items (typically handbags, strollers and personal items were excluded from normal limits).

Additionally, new rules imposed by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration also limit on-board activities by customers and crew in U.S. airspace that may adversely impact on-board service, according to the Air Canada statement.

Among other things, during the final hour of flight passengers must remain seated and will not be allowed to access carry-on baggage, or have personal belongings or other items on their laps.

Previously there had been a rule that passengers on flights to Washington D.C. had to remain seated for 30 minutes before landing, however that rule was discarded several years ago.

On the first day of the policy flights from Europe to the U.S. were tracking delays of 30 minutes up to four hours. However, it is not know what role if any the additional security policies, including secondary searches immediately prior to boarding were playing.

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