Earlier this year, the United States government enacted a new policy that prevents tablets and laptops from being carried in carry-on baggage on flights to the United States from eight countries. Now, The Department of Homeland Security is reportedly considering expanding the ban to include flights departing from the United States…
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In an interview with CNN, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly explained that he is considering expanding the ban as the United States continues to receive intelligence information from areas around the world. When the United States enacted the original policy on in-bound flights in March, it also cited intelligence on terrorism threats from mostly Middle Eastern and North African countries.
Kelly explained that the DHS is looking at “raising the bar” on aviation security:
“I would tell you that the threats against passenger aviation worldwide are constant. The good news is that we have great intelligence collection overseas — US intelligence collection. We also have great sharing with partners overseas. So, we are doing everything we can to get after these threats — but they are real.”