Passengers boarding flights to the United States from Trinidad and Tobago and other destinations will now be subjected to increased security checks and validations, prior to embarking on their journey.

News of this came last evening from the Trinidad and Tobago Airports Authority in a media release issued.

It stated that the move was mandated by the United States Department of Homeland Security. The US security agency says it sees it necessary to enhance security measures for all commercial flights entering the US.

Trinidad and Tobago is one of 104 countries that will be adopting the required measures, which include heightened overall passenger screening, extensive screening of personal electronic devices larger than a cell phone, which may be taken by passengers within carry-on luggage, increased security protocols around aircraft and in passenger areas, the deployment of advanced technology and the introduction of canine screening.

Commenting on the increased security measures, corporate communications manager at Caribbean Airlines, Dionne Legore said, Caribbean Airlines is well prepared to fully comply with the regulations.