A recent update to the Federal Aviation Administration’s website suggested that it may soon mandate travelers to register with the agency in order to check their flight status.
In a tweet, FAA spokesperson Alisa Niederman said that the agency will be introducing a new requirement that passengers check in their flight at least 72 hours before their flight.
This will help airlines ensure they have sufficient capacity on hand to accommodate passengers who need medical attention, the agency said.
Niederman added that this new requirement will apply to all commercial flights within the United States, including international flights.
The FAA did not immediately respond to a request for comment on this article.
In the wake of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, on June 12, 2016, the US Congress voted to ban the use of cellphones while in aircraft.
The new FAA rules could also lead to a similar ban for travelers who have been in a car accident or who have had a heart attack, as well as any other conditions that might make it difficult for them to safely board a plane.