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Security checks at Australian airports to remain unchanged

Qantas and Virgin Australia have confirmed they have not received any additional requests from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to enhance security checks on electronic devices for passengers travelling from Australia to the US.
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Written by Aimee Chanthadavong on

Security measures for flights from Australia to the United States will remain the same for now, according to Qantas and Virgin Australia. Both airlines run daily flights to the US.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced on Monday that it will be enhancing security screenings of electronic devices at "certain airports overseas". As part of its new procedures, during security screening for flights to the US, passengers may be asked to switch on their electronic devices, and will not be allowed to board their flight if the device is powerless.

ZDNet understands it is the responsibility of airlines that offer flights to the United States for carrying out the second round of security checks at the gate for flights to the US, and not the airports. 

A Qantas spokesperson has confirmed that existing procedures in place will continue to be carried out by the airline.

"With respect to the US and UK government announcements reported in the media, Qantas has not received any requests to implement any additional security measures," the spokesperson said.

Similarly, Virgin Australia said: "Virgin Australia complies with all TSA requirements when guests are travelling to or from the United States of America. We continue to be in regular dialogue with key stakeholders but no mandatory requirements have been introduced as yet."

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