Published: Thu, June 29, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Laptop Ban Could Be Lifted With New Security Measures

Laptop Ban Could Be Lifted With New Security Measures

US officials on Wednesday announced enhanced security and screening measures for all commercial flights to the United States, but backed away from a proposal to expand a ban on laptops and other electronic devices - unless airlines and airports refuse to comply with the new rules.

"We are telling passengers, for the most part right now, they may want prepare for a bit more extensive screening process", a senior DHS official said, adding that passengers will likely never see or notice a number of the measures TSA is implementing.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly announced the rollout of new security rules on Wednesday.

Security officials would not detail the new measures but said passengers headed to the United States will face more intensive screening at airports, and probably more security dogs.

"It is time that we raise the global baseline of aviation security", Kelly said.

The new policy will provide a roadmap for airlines and airports that could lead to those bans being lifted.

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Kelly said some measures will be noticeable by passengers while others will be unseen.

It will apply to an average of 325,000 passengers a day flying to the USA from 280 airports in 105 countries, according to the agency.

Since March, passengers on flights to the US from certain mostly Middle Eastern countries, have been prohibited from bringing electronic devices larger than a cellphone on board with them. That ban applied to nonstop flights to the United States from Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Cairo; Istanbul; Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Casablanca, Morocco; Doha, Qatar; and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

Such a laptop ban has been in place at 10 airports in the Middle East and Africa. The new measure sidetracks those plans, though they could resurface if airlines don't comply with the new guidelines.

He said new computer tomography or "CT" scanners being tested in Boston and Phoenix could help address long-term screening issues.

Since laptops are widely used in flight by business class passengers-who pay double or more than the average ticket price-the airline industry had feared expanding the ban could cut into revenue. Suspicious bags can be pulled aside and opened by screeners. Current screening of carry-on luggage "can't tell the difference between a block of cheese, a romance novel, and a block of semtex plastic explosives because they're all about the same density", Mann said.

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