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Toronto, July 19 (Canadian-Media): New enhanced security measures -- implemented by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), USA, which said terrorists were targeting commercial aviation attacks -- will be enforced on all airline passengers travelling from Canada to United States, Starting from July 19, media reports said.
All WestJet and Air Canada airline passengers travelling from Canada to United State are asked to arrive at the airport at least two hours before their scheduled departure to allow for additional screening time.
Implementation of heightened security measures have been introduced by DHS requiring increased screening of personal electronic devices such as tablets and laptops, all personal electronic devices larger than a smartphone will need to be easily accessible and out of all cases, cover and/or packaging, said the Air Canada website.
"The United States and the global aviation community face an adaptive and agile enemy," said DHS in a statement on its website announcing the changes.
"Terrorist groups continue to target passenger aircraft, and we have seen a 'spider web' of threats to commercial aviation as terrorists pursue new attack methods," it said.
Based on these concerns, DHS offers flights to the United States would coordinate with approximately 280 international airline partners in elevating global aviation security to preserve the safety of the traveling public.
Secretary of DHS, John Kelly, In light of recent evaluations, deemed it essential -- he reported on DHS website -- to implement enhanced security measures for all commercial flights to the United States.
These seen and unseen measures include enhanced screening of passengers and electronic devices as well as heightened security standards for aircraft and airports and would be applicable to approximately 280 airports.
DHS, said its website, is committed to enabling better utilization of departmental data to improve the quality of services to the American people, while developing products that promote innovation in maintaining enhanced security.
DHS will work, over next several months, with aviation stakeholders to ensure full implementation of these enhanced security measures.
Those stakeholders who fail to adopt these measures, said DHS website, would face the risk of imposition of additional security restrictions.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)