Ecuador: Stricter Controls for Electronic Items and Hand Luggage on flights to U.S.

Posted on July 19, 2017 • Filed under: Ecuador, Ecuador Emergency, Latin America Aviation
Controls for passengers and their hand luggage and electronic devices have intensified since July 19, 2017, on flights to the United States . The goal is to comply with the provision issued last June by the Transportation Security Administration ( TSA ). According to TSA information, people will not be stripped of their devices like tablets, cell phones, computers ; But they will not be able to board their flights until the review and inspection process is completed. The provision, which comes into effect today, will cover all airlines, including American airlines such as American Airlines , Delta , among others. The Transportation Security Administration has ordered all airlines to conduct more detailed and continuous safety inspections in boarding rooms and gates. The intention is to raise the level of security in flights to the United States and in this way to avoid possible acts of unlawful interference and / or terrorism . In the case of Ecuador, airlines Avianca and Latam ratified the application of these provisions as of today, in their direct flights or connections .


According to a statement from the company Latam, to avoid delays in review processes, the company requests passengers traveling to that nation to arrive at the airports of Quito and Guayaquil with three hours in advance . In addition, they are presented at the boarding gate according to the time stipulated in your ticket . The idea is to avoid delays, inconveniences and comply with the schedules established for travel . Likewise, in the information issued by the airline Avianca , it was indicated that compliance with these regulations is mandatory. For this reason, he asked travelers to come forward in good time. Avianca also stressed that passengers who do not allow the inspection of their electronic equipment will not be able to take them with them on the flight to the different American cities. This Colombian company recalled that these additional measures apply to all flights to the United States from different airports in the world. In the case of Ecuador, it will be used for travel from the international airports Mariscal Sucre in Quito and José Joaquín de Olmedo in Guayaquil and through connections such as El Salvador, Lima, Bogotá , among others. According to information from the Transportation Security Administration, today, the ban on carrying electronic devices in cabin only applies to 10 airports in the world . They are the hubs of Queen Alia, Cairo, Ataturk, King Abdul-Aziz and King Khalid . Also, the airports of Kuwait, Mohammed V, Hamad, Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The biggest controls on travel to the USA Are applied in approximately 280 airports worldwide and are executed by 180 airlines, which meet a daily average of 2,100 trips and carry about 325,000 passengers during a day.

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