New screenings begins for passengers on US-bound flights

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In March, the United States banned passengers from taking large electrical devices such as laptops on board flights from eight mainly Muslim countries over security fears.

The new procedures, which were announced earlier this year, require travelers to place all electronics larger than a cellphone in bins for X-ray screening in standard lanes.

The tougher security screenings will be applied first to foreign airlines and low-priced carriers flying to the American territories of Guam and Saipan from Thursday.

Five airlines - Air France, Cathay Pacific, EgyptAir, Emirates and Lufthansa - said they would begin the new security interviews on Thursday.

It said the extra screening would mean questionnaires handed to all passengers.'¨. All passengers will have to undergo a security interview either at check-in or at the gate.

New security measures affecting flights into the U.S. are coming into effect, which United States authorities say are aimed at reducing the threat of hidden explosives.

British passengers travelling to the United States could be subject to enhanced security measures brought in by President Donald Trump's administration from Thursday, the media reported.

The strict procedures will extend to unauthorised agricultural or veterinary products.

Royal Jordanian operates direct flights from Amman to New York, Chicago and Detroit.

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