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July 20, 2017 -

Effective July 19, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has implemented enhanced security measures for passengers flying to the United States. These measures include heightened inspection of personal electronic devices, such as laptops and tablets. Electronic devices larger than a smartphone must be charged with enough battery power to be turned on upon request and easily accessible, with covers, cases or any other packaging removed, in preparation for screening at the security checkpoint. Any refused item will not be permitted in checked baggage. Air Transat will be unable to provide storage or assume responsibility for these items during your trip.

To allow for additional time to go through security and to ensure you don’t miss your flight, please arrive at the airport three hours prior to your scheduled departure time.

For further information, please visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website.

Required advance passenger information

In an effort to increase security in the area of international air travel, many countries have instituted an Advance Passenger Information System (APIS/API) that affects most international flights.

APIS/API

APIS is an automated data collection system capable of performing queries on air passengers prior to their arrival into an applicable country.

U.S. flights: In addition to information required for most international flights, you need to provide:

  • Complete street address (including zip code) where you will be staying while in the U.S.
  • If you are connecting to a cruise ship: the name of the vessel and the city/state of point of embarkation

How is the passenger data collected?

The data is collected by the air carrier during the check-in process and submitted electronically to Customs prior to the passenger's arrival at their destination.

When is the passenger information provided to Customs?

Air carriers must submit passenger information within fifteen minutes after the aircraft departs.

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