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Personal Electronic Devices to be subjected to additional security check – Philippine Airlines

Some personal electronic devices that will undergo additional security checks by US bound carriers Photo © http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com

THE Philippine Airlines urges all United States bound passengers to submit their portable electronic devices for additional airport screening following new security impositions by the American Department of Homeland Security.

Cielo Villaluna, PAL spokesperson over the weekend, said all PEDs, which include but not limited to cellular or smart phones, carried by passengers bound for US will be subjected to additional airport screening and inspection as compliance with the new US_DHS security regulations.

Villauna explained that the new set of security directives was meant for all airlines flying from last point of departure to the US. She added that the new security directive which will be in effect until June 30, 2018 and was aimed to ensure the integrity of all portable devices brought inside the aircraft.

Furthermore, Villaluna said PEDs that exceed the size limit must be surrendered by passengers to the airline for additional screening at the Redundancy Screening Checkpoint. Necessary medical devices are exempted from additional screening.

The approximate size of a commonly available smartphone is considered to be a guideline for passengers, Villaluna added.

Examples of large electronic devices that will be subjected to additional screening are, but not limited to, laptops, tablets, e-readers, cameras, portable DVD players, electronic game units larger than a smartphone and travel printers/scanners.

Last March, the US government imposed restrictions on large electronic devices in aircraft cabins on flights from 10 airports including United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Turkey, as part of its enhanced security measures.

The PAL said that passengers must ensure that their large PEDs have sufficient battery charge enough to power up the PED during inspection and remove their electronic protective casing prior to inspection.

Benjie Vergara
A veteran reporter covering the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila. He is currently writing for Manila Times, the Philippines' oldest newspaper.

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