Narita Airport to Allow Connecting US Passengers to Skip Screening on Trial Basis

Mar 31, 2019

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For a brief window of time in April, US passengers arriving at Japan’s Narita (NRT) airport may not have to be re-screened to catch their connections, according to Aviation Wire Japan.

Select travelers from the US who arrive at Narita between April 3 and April 12 will not be required to pass through security at the airport in order to board their connecting flights. This marks the first time passengers won’t need to clear security again after arriving in Japan to make connections.

Makoto Natsume, president of Narita International Airport Company, is looking to make things easier on passengers. While Delta, United and Hawaiian Airlines are eyeing Tokyo’s Haneda Airport (HND) to expand their routes, Narita is looking to position itself so that it has an advantage to offer passengers flying from the US should the trial go well.

For passengers, this trial is only on select flights that originate in the United States. The trial will not apply to passengers flying from Asia back to the US who make their connection in Narita.

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