The Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago (AATT) says new security measures was to be put in place as of Wednesday for flights departing both international airports.

In a statement the AATT said it was forced to implement the measures after the United States Department of Homeland Security “determined it necessary to enhance security measures for all commercial flights to the United States.”

These measures will be implemented at both the Piarco and ANR Robinson International Airports for passengers travelling to the United States.

The AATT says the twin island republic is one of the 104 countries globally that will be adopting the required measures.

It added that the changes to be implemented due to the enhanced security measures include, but are not limited to “heightened overall passenger screening; extensive screening of personal electronic devices – electronic devices larger than a cell phone (for example laptop computers or tablets) as carry on or checked luggage may be subjected to further security screening; increased security protocols around aircraft and in passenger areas; deployment of advanced technology and the introduction of canine screening.

The AATT said it expects queuing time at the security check points to be lengthened as a result of these measures and has advised passengers to arrive at the airports for the recommended three hours prior to the scheduled departure time for international flights.

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