Cancun, Q.R. — Travelers on direct flights from Mexico to the United States are being warned of tighter security and longer line ups. Mexico’s civil aviation authority announced that passengers flying with any electronic devices larger than a smartphone will be subject to additional security checks.
Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly said that the heightened security checks are in an effort to “raise the global baseline of aviation security,” and that his department would phase in the new security measures for all commercial flights arriving into the United States.
Following directions from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Mexico has begun to implement the stricter rules, checking all large portable electronic devices.
Mexico’s civil aviation authority is advising that all passengers show up at least three hours before their flights to ensure enough time to get through the security checks. The new security screenings “Will include enhanced screening of electronic devices, more thorough passenger vetting, and new measures designed to mitigate the potential threat of insider attacks,” Kelly told the Council for New American Security Conference.
In March, Kelly implemented a similar ban on larger electronic devices for eight countries on commercial flights bound for the US.