Heightened security at airport

Holiday travellers leaving Grand Cayman on flights to or through the United States should plan on arriving a minimum of three hours before their flights because of increased security measures.

The Cayman Islands Airports Authority said the measures were made in response to heightened security requirements from the US Transportation Security Administration following the alleged attempted terrorist attack on a flight bound for Detroit, Michigan on Christmas day.

The directive is expected to remain in place until at least Wednesday 30 December.

‘Airlines at the Owen Roberts International Airport have implemented increased security checks which will require that passengers, on flights to the USA, be hand searched at the boarding gates prior to boarding,’ Cayman’s Airports Authority said in a statement on Saturday. ‘In order to accommodate these additional measures and to avoid delays, passengers are encouraged to arrive at the airport and commence their check-in processes earlier than usual.

‘A minimum of three hours before flight departure time is recommended.’

The heighted security measures will not apply to passengers on flights bound for Cayman’s Sister Islands, Jamaica, Cuba, the UK or Honduras.

US-bound airlines have been asked to encourage passengers to proceed to the security check point immediately after check-in to allow for the extra time that will be required for boarding calls.