>> Passengers flying into the United States are encountering tougher scrutiny Thursday after stepped-up security measures took effect at airports around the globe. Officials say the new screening is likely to add delays for some 325,000 travelers a day in more than 100 countries. Transportation reporter, David Shepardson is on the story.
>> In June, the administration announced a series of enhanced security requirements. And that requires airlines to conduct brief interviews with passengers before they get on flights and head to the US just to assess If they pose any sort of threat.>> Shepardson says the airport interviews and other measures are designed to avoid imposing a ban on laptop computers in aircraft cabins amid fears that bombs could be concealed inside.
>> If you remember in March, the administration, fearful of people attempting to smuggle explosives onto airplanes through laptops or other electronic devices, took the extraordinary step of banning passengers from ten airports from bringing a laptop in the cabin with them on direct flights to the US.>> The Trump administration lifted the ban in July, but ordered airlines flying to the US to step up security.
Shepardson doesn't believe the new restrictions will cause passengers to avoid the US.>> I think it's unpleasant. But I don't think this batch of restrictions is gonna be enough for people to say, I'm not gonna take that trip because I might have to agree to an in-person interview or check in earlier for my flight.
>> Exactly what passengers now face will vary greatly from one country and airline to another. Air France said it would began handing US bound passengers in Paris a questionnaire. Emirates Airline said it would begin interviewing passengers at check-in counters in Dubai. Cathay Pacific is now advising US bound passengers to arrive three hours before departure.