Department of Homeland Security increases security for flights going to U.S. from Mexico

(NBC) - Airline passengers traveling to the U.S. from Canada and Mexico will face enhanced security measures as required by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

All electronic devices larger than a smartphone will have to be removed from protective casing and fully charged for potential inspection.

Mexican authorities announced on Wednesday that laptops and tablets on U.S. bound flights from Mexico will be subjected to heightened carry-on security measures.

Mexico’s transportation department said in a statement that the measures apply to electronics larger than a cellphone.

The department recommends that passengers travel with as few of those devices as possible in carry-on bags. The new measures will be required at approximately 280 airports around the world that offer flights to the United States.

In March, U.S. authorities banned cabin electronics on departing flights from ten airports in the Middle East over concerns extremists could hide bombs inside of laptops.