DHS officials declare enhanced security measures for all flights to U.S. but deny any expansion on laptop ban


On Wednesday, U.S. officials announced the security was enhanced and the screening measures for all the commercial flights to the US, but later it backed from a proposal to expand laptops and other electronic devices ban, unless the airports and airlines deny complying with your new rules.

Since March, passengers to the United States on flights from certain Muslim-majority countries are prohibited from bringing electronic devices larger than a cellphone with them on board. But those restrictions may be lifted if the affected airports and airlines adopt the new security protocols, said officials.

Department of Homeland Security officials said airports and airlines will be accountable for implementing changes and communicating new procedures to the traveling public. Officials denied to provide specifics about the changes or say anything regarding the security concerns, but said they could include enhanced laptops and smartphones screening and increased security protocols in the aircraft and in passenger areas.

The hope is the new requirements will not cause longer wait times at security checkpoints or will be costly to implement for airlines and airports to implement.

The senior DHS officials said the directives are on preventing terrorists from getting around the aviation security.

“It is time that to raise the global baseline of aviation security,” Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly said. “We cannot afford playing with each new threat international whack-a-mole.”
Despite the expanding a ban on laptops and other large electronic devices was in place in March, senior DHS officials said Kelly concluded that the threats may be handled without the ban expansion.