The newly imposed security directive, issued by DHS (Department of Homeland Security) bans certain personal electronic devices (PED’s) on US bound flights from 10 international airports from Cairo in Egypt; Amman in Jordan; Kuwait City in Kuwait; Casablanca in Morocco; Doha in Qatar; Riyadh and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia; Istanbul in Turkey; and Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The UK subsequently supported this directive.

What does this mean to the passenger? Electronic devices, larger than cell phones will need to be checked in and not permitted as cabin baggage. Check-in times at airports will significantly increase due to the additional handing over and securing measures. Passenger concerns include the theft of these devices and / or asset damage.

Ground handlers will need to provide reliable & secure carriers to accommodate these fragile and costly items with an audit trail for passenger assurance and safe and correct return of these items at destination point. Airport security procedures will need to be modified very swiftly to accommodate these measures and how exactly to streamline this is still a debatable subject.

As experts in the provision of IME’s (integrity monitoring enablers), ICS offers a dual solution which enables safe custody of these items and streamlined handling and carriage. A one-time use, self-sealing, uniquely numbered, tamper evident sleeve which is the first level of security. The device is placed inside the “Tech-coat™” by the passenger and sealed, in the presence of security staff at hand-over point.

The unique barcode is scanned and associated with the passenger’s boarding pass and the passenger retains a tab with corresponding number of the bag once the bag is sealed as proof of ownership. Multiple, but uniquely identified “Tech-coats™” are then placed into a secure carrier, the “Tech-tote™” which is also uniquely numbered and which is linked to the flight number. This system offers full traceability of the handed-over items which will result in passenger’s peace of mind.

Although a contentious issue that these items will be unavailable for inflight use, the demands for heightened security must take priority over personal convenience. So dust off the old paperbacks in the attic, get the kids to make a few bookmarks and tease the brain with some paper-based crossword puzzles & Sudoku!

Contact ICS and let us help you navigate the security packaging options facing you in the wake of this boldly conceived security initiative. or call Claudia on phone: +27 11 397 2508/9 or mobile: +27 82 77 88 699