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New U.S. airline security policy involves interviewing passengers

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Enhanced airline security measures take effect Thursday that affect planes and travelers flying into the United States, and could lead to additional delays.

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Enhanced screening of passengers and their electronic devices, prior to boarding planes, are included in the new security protocols.

About 2,000 flights to the United States from over 100 countries - affecting about 325,000 passengers daily - are involved.

The new policy includes the possibility of interviewing passengers at the check-in counter or boarding gate.

The screening measures apply to all international flights headed for the United States, the Department of Homeland Security said in its June announcement.

The new policy replaces a March ban, which was later rescinded, on laptop computers aboard flights from predominately Arab countries.

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