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US considering laptop ban on all international flights

2017-05-28 23:55 by

 

US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Sunday that he is considering expanding the U.S. ban on laptops and larger electronics from carry-on bags in all international flights.

The Trump administration introduced a partial ban earlier this year, that prohibits passengers on flights to the United States from eight countries to carry-on devices larger than smartphones with them into the cabin. These include tablets and laptops. Countries that are affected by the present ban are Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Morocco.

Stressing the potential dangers of airborne terrorist acts utilizing in-flight electronics, Kelly said deliberations over whether to impose such a ban are ongoing.

"Well, there's a real threat," said Kelly. "But it is a real sophisticated threat and I will reserve that decision until we see where it's going. We are now looking at kind of a worldwide hard look at raising the bar, the minimum bar, on aviation security. So, still contemplating extending the ban, as we work with partners," he added.

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