The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) rules for international travel were developed and implemented to ensure that all TSA rules for airport security are strictly adhered to in order to detect and eliminate any potential or actual threat to the safety of passengers, employees or crew on airplanes traveling internationally. The TSA Rules for International Travel are concerned primarily with travelers coming into the United States from other countries, as clearly explained on the TSA website, and are not specifically developed regarding the governing rules for U.S. citizens boarding planes traveling domestically or travelling abroad. As explained by the TSA, this is specifically regarding planes coming into the U.S. from other countries.
Development and Implementation of New Security Rules for International Travel
The TSA began phasing in the newest rules for international travel in 2009. One of the first steps of the TSA’s New Security Rules for International Travel was the requirement that every passenger is to have proper government-issued photo identification that exactly matches the name on his or her reservation. The photo identification must be current and not have expired. When making a reservation, travelers must also give information verifying gender and date of birth. That information is required for both domestic and international travel.
In January, 2010, The TSA implemented new security rules for passengers flying on planes entering into the United States from other countries as part of its rules for international travel These rules were implemented after continued threats to the United States by terrorists and individuals who were suspected of being terrorists. The TSA wants to be sure that terrorists, suspected terrorists or others who may intend to commit harm to passengers or flight crew cannot bring anything aboard a plane bound for the United States that would harm anyone or potentially destroy the plane.
The new security rules implemented by the TSA affecting international travel have the support of many countries abroad. The TSA has stated that passengers entering the United States on any aircraft that originates from or travels through any other country will be required to cooperate with enhanced screening measures.
Enhanced screening measures involve, but are not limited to, the advanced full-body scanning process of the backscatter or new wave millimeter scanners. This full-body scan advanced technology is already in use in many other countries, as well as the U.S. The TSA recently changed the enhanced screening to an even stricter level. Initially, there was a list of fourteen countries which was used as a means for the enhanced screening. It now is in effect for any traveler coming into the United States from any country anywhere in the world. There is considerable objection to the enhabced screening process, so its’ future is unknown.
Section 4012 (a) of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 required the Department of Homeland Security to take over matching passenger lists to no fly and watch lists. Secure Flight is a program developed for that purpose by the D.H.S. Its mission is to enhance the security of air travel, both in the U.S. and abroad. Secure Flight works behind the scenes to more quickly identify those passengers who are on the no-fly list or the “watch” list. Secure Flight conducts prescreening measures to identify those persons on the watch list and thwart any potential terrorism or other danger.
Secure Flight has been instrumental in the enforcement of the new rules for air travel. It not only conducts the prescreening on flights originating from countries of known terrorist activity, but also flights out of or within the U.S. After Secure Flight checks each passenger’s identifying information against watch lists, the information is transmitted back to the airlines.
The Benefits of New Rules for International Travel
The threat of terrorism and other criminal acts committed by those traveling from other countries into the United States remains a threat. The United States, by joining with the international aviation community, is continually working to protect citizens, employees and airline crew members from potential violence and terrorist acts. This is being accomplished through the development and implementation of the TSA’s tighter international travel security rules. Even though passengers may complain about the stricter security, a visit to the main page of the TSA will reveal details of the previous week’s activity, including weapons confiscated at TSA checkpoints, persons arrested for having fake or forged travel documents, false identification or for threatening behavior on planes or in airports right in the U.S., not even counting the planes coming into the United States, the subject of the TSA rules for international travel.