SEOUL, Oct. 25 (Korea Bizwire) – One day before enhanced security measures for travelers arriving in the U.S. go into effect, Korean Airlines’ request to the TSA for a temporary reprieve until February 20 was approved, becoming the second domestic airline to receive an exemption after Asiana Airlines was granted the same distinction the day before, albeit for a longer duration, until April 24.
When asked to comment, a Korean Airlines spokesperson said, “Earlier today, the TSA issued [Korean Airlines] an official document postponing the need for our passengers to undergo security interviews and other enhanced security measures until February 20.”
On June 28, the TSA, the agency of the Department of Homeland Security tasked with airport and air travel security, announced enhanced security measures would be implemented for travelers to the U.S. A total of 180 airlines from 105 countries were listed as subject to the new regulations.In the wake of the TSA’s declaration, domestic airlines have since July been enforcing restrictions on carry-on items classified as hazardous and employed explosive trace detection protocols on smartphones of ‘selectees’, travelers required to pass an additional interview at the boarding gate apart from the general security interviews.
Both Asiana and Korean Airlines were able to put off the security headache by using the currently under renovation 2nd Terminal at the Incheon International Airport as justification.
Asiana was first in submitting an official request on October 11, with Korean Airlines following suit on October 15.
All other airlines, including domestic low-cost carriers with routes to U.S. territories Guam and Saipan and U.S.-based carriers like Delta and American Airlines, will be required to comply with the TSA’s security measures as of October 26.
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