On Thursday, new security measures were announced that include stricter passenger screening to take effect on all American bound flights to follow government regulations designed to avoid an in cabin ban on laptops. Short security interviews with passengers are to be addressed at check in or boarding gates which could lead to flight delays and extended processing time. 325,000 passengers from about 2,000 commercial flights arriving daily in the U.S. will be affected on 180 airlines from 280 airports in 105 countries.
"We see this as a big issue for China Airlines," Steve Chang, senior vice president of the Taiwanese firm told reporters on Wednesday, adding the airline was trying to consult with the American Institute in the country over the issue.
This past June, the U.S. announced new rules to end restrictions on carry on electronic devices on airlines coming from 10 airports in 8 countries in the Middle East and North Africa due to security threats. However, the Trump administration was set to impose these measures in July on cases where airlines and airports didn’t improve security measures. Following this, airlines have 120 days to comply with these measures including increased passenger screening which is due this Thursday.