Previously, laptops had been banned in the cabin on flights originating in eight counties in the Middle East and North Africa.
"Customers are advised to refer to the respective check-in counter opening hours, and to arrive at the airport early to allow sufficient time for enhanced security measures", the airline said.
Although security measures appear to be getting more complex, most passengers are willing to comply in the name of safety.
The Department of Homeland Security is about to roll out new, heightened security measures that will impact the 2,000 flights and 325,000 travelers who arrive in the US from foreign countries every day.
Even as airlines have no choice but to comply with the new rules, industry bodies like the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) have raised concerns about the impact of such measures. "It's just inconvenient for the passengers", Korean Air Lines President and Chief Operating Officer Walter Cho told Reuters in Taipei.More news: Reporters' children trick or treat in Oval Office
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Lufthansa Group said on Tuesday the measures would be in place by Thursday and travelers could face short interviews at check-in or at the gate. This is going to lengthen the amount of recommended time passengers need to check in before their flights, likely at least an hour and a half and for some airlines, up to 3 hours before take-off. AI and United are the only two airlines that fly nonstop between India and US.
Alexandre de Juniac, CEO of the International Air Transport Association, expressed concern over the American government's actions.
SIA put up a notice on its website on October 25 to remind travel-lers of the tighter security screening, though The Straits Times understands that checks at Changi Airport were already intensified in July, soon after the U.S. announcement. "That is something that is very concerning and disturbing".
"The risk is other countries make similar demands", AAPA Director General Andrew Herdman said. Passengers on all flights are now required to remove all devices larger than a mobile phone from their carry-on luggage for screening. Some of those new requirements take effect this week as well.