Passengers flying to the US from today onwards are advised to allow extra time before their flight due to enhanced security checks being introduced for all US bound flights. The US government announced that travellers on all inbound international flights could be questioned by airline staff before being allowed to board the aircraft. These new checks could affect more than 300,000 people.
Budget airline Norwegian, which operates flights from Belfast, Edinburgh and London Gatwick, has already advised it's passengers to allow more time at the airport before their departure.
A spokesperson for the firm stated: "These new measures mean that our passengers travelling to the US need to plan for more time at the airport to answer a series of questions during check-in. Further details will be shared with our passengers prior to departure."
The department of transport does not anticipate that these news measures will have an affect on UK passengers or airport operations.
It is thought some passengers may need to fill out a form while others might be quizzed by airline employees.
BA have said that "our flights are continuing to operate as normal" whilst Virgin Atlantic stated "we advise all customers travelling on our flights to arrive at the airport at least two hours before departure."