Homeland security officials said Wednesday that those 10 airports can get off the list if they meet the new security requirements.
“They will include enhanced screening of electronic devices, more thorough passenger vetting, and new measures created to mitigate the potential threat of insider attacks”, Kelly said.
The administration’s announcement comes after weeks of negotiations between the US and Europe over whether to restrict large electronics on all USA -bound flights – a policy that now only applies to 10 overseas airports.
This story is developing. Officials said the changes will be “seen and unseen” and will include increased explosive screening as well as a beefed-up security posture across the board.
Airlines that fail to comply with the new set of security rules will not only be banned from using laptop computers but will no longer be allowed in checked luggage either, senior officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) told reporters in a background briefing.
European airline groups said in a document reviewed by Reuters that if the threats are confirmed, the restrictions should be deployed to cover all EU departing flights, not just usa -bound flights.
The original laptop and electronics ban has been in place since March amid concerns about an undisclosed threat described only as sophisticated and ongoing.
The United States will require foreign airports to implement stricter security practices and screenings for any passengers headed to the US.
In March, the U.S. barred passengers from bringing laptops, tablets, and other devices as carry-on items on flights from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa, including in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Istanbul, Amman, Cairo, and Morocco. The measures are a directive for airlines to follow because although DHS does not have jurisdiction over foreign airports, it does have authority over air carriers with direct flights to the US.
Starting in April, Kelly repeatedly said it was “likely” the laptop ban would expand to other airports-and even said in May the government could potentially expand the ban worldwide.
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American Airlines, which is participating in the test, said the technology could let passengers leave laptops, liquids and aerosols in their carry-on bags, speeding up the trip through the airport.
The administration imposed a laptop ban earlier this year on US -bound flights from 10 airports in the Middle East and Africa, which the DHS said was necessary because terrorists have been pursuing innovative methods to smuggle bombs into commercial flights.
The ban on laptops in the cabin is based on the belief that a bomb in the cargo hold would need to be bigger than one in the cabin, and capable of remote detonation.