MANILA - Passengers bound for the U.S. will have to surrender their electronic devices for additional screening starting Wednesday, July 19, if these gadgets are larger than a standard smartphone, according to Philippine Airlines.
PAL said the move is in line with a new set of security directives issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
"Electronic devices that exceed the size limit must be surrendered by passengers to the airline for additional screening at the Redundancy Screening Checkpoint. Necessary medical devices are exempted from additional screening," PAL said in a statement.
The airline said gadgets that will undergo additional screening include laptops, tablets, e-readers, cameras, portable DVD players, mobile game units larger than a smartphone, travel printers/scanners, and other large electronic devices.
PAL advised passengers to ensure that their devices have sufficient battery charge so these could be powered up during the screening process.
The devices will be allowed onboard after they are cleared at the screening checkpoint, PAL said.
The new U.S. security directive will be in effect until June 30, 2018.