Many direct flights from Europe, the Middle East and Africa to the United States will see heightened security after U.S. security officials instructed airlines to increase screening of mobile devices and shoes.
According to a Reuters report, iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones were singled out.
• July 7 update: Mobile devices must be able to be powered up.
“I have directed TSA to implement enhanced security measures in the coming days at certain overseas airports with direct flights to the United States,” Jeh Johnson, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, said in a statement. “We will work to ensure these necessary steps pose as few disruptions to travelers as possible. We are sharing recent and relevant information with our foreign allies and are consulting the aviation industry.”
Expect longer screening times at various airports in the region. Domestic flights within the U.S. are not affected by this program.