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Security measures will remain unchanged for US flights: CAA

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA, 民航局) said yesterday that safety inspections for U.S.-bound flight passengers will remain the same in Taiwan, adding that it has not received a request from U.S. authorities to boost security measures in Taiwanese airports.

The U.S. recently said that it would ask overseas airports to bolster their security as part of the country's effort to prevent terrorist attacks.

The U.S. Transportation Security Agency (TSA) recently announced that U.S.-bound passengers on direct flights to the U.S. from certain overseas airports will be subject to electronic device inspections. Electronic devices, including smartphones, that cannot be turned on will not be permitted on board the flight. The TSA did not disclose in which airports this measure will be put in place.

Meanwhile, the R.O.C. Aviation Police Bureau (APB, 航警局) also said that it has yet to receive any notice from the U.S.

United State Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson recently confirmed during an interview that the U.S. was requesting increased security measures to prevent terrorist attacks, especially targeting new types of explosive device.

  Apart from saying that it hasn't received notice from the U.S., the APB also explained that the new measure is intended for “some” flights to the U.S. not all.

  The AFB added that security checks in Taiwan's airports will remain the same, and that travelers will be asked to remove electronic devices from their bags for inspection; however, people will not be asked to turn on their smartphones for further inspection.

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