Kenya’s hurdles almost over in quest for direct US flights

By Sylvester Okumu,

October 11th,2017

The United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is set to undertake the final audit of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) to examine safety standards before it is given LDP- the Last Point of Departure status.

With the success of the audit, the country would have inched closer to starting direct flights to the United States in 2018. This will be the last of the two remaining hurdles for direct Kenya-America flights.

America’s TSA has a set of both overt and covert security measures which have been enhanced for passengers flying to the US at all last point of departure airports. The measures include a heightened screening of individual electronic devices, increasing security protocols around passenger areas and aircraft as well as overall passenger screening among other advanced measures.

There were four considerations to grant Kenya commencement of direct US flights. Thus far, it has been granted two. It got a Category One status earlier in the year with Kenya Airways recently given commercial authority to operate.

The country has been working on a number of issues in its quest to achieve the Category One status. This includes expansion and modernization of the airport.

 

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