Laptop bans on planes could expand to all foreign flights

Laptop bans on planes could expand to all foreign flights

The head of the Department of Homeland Security said Sunday that he is considering expanding the USA ban on laptops and larger electronics from carry-on bags in all global flights.

Kelly said the move would be part of a broader airline security effort to combat what he called "a real sophisticated threat".

U.S. travellers can expect more scrutiny of cabin baggage. "But again, with our government we need to decide what sort of security we're believing and which we're not".

The statements from Kelly followed reports by the Guardian last month that the U.S. was considering extending its aircraft cabin laptop ban to passengers travelling to the USA from the United Kingdom and Europe. He said no decision has been made as to the timing of any such ban.

In his interview with "Fox News Sunday", Kelly acknowledged that the United States will rely on "new technologies down the road" to improve the screening of electronics.

On Friday Kelly told Fox News that if most people knew the extent of the security threat to the United States some people would "never leave the house".

In March, the Trump administration banned laptops in the cabin on USA -bound flights originating from 10 airports in countries including Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Jordan.




Asked to expand on his answer, Kelly continued: "Well, there's a real threat".

Read: Asia-Pacific airlines lash out at laptop ban. "To the administrations' great credit, they have given us a heads up".

"People trying to avoid the $25 or $50 or whatever it is to check a bag are now stuffing your carry-on bags to the point of. well, they can't get any more in there".

This meant that TSA personnel were unable to tell what was in the bags.

"What we're doing now is working out the tactics, techniques and procedures if you will in a few airports to find out exactly how to do that with the least amount of inconvenience the traveller".

Below is the Fox News Sunday interview with Gen. Kelly. The measure prohibits passengers from bringing any devices that are "larger than a smartphone" as carry-on items, and was implemented, U.S. officials say, to thwart terrorist plots to bring down planes with smaller bombs.

Related Articles

  • Trump talks about solar power producing wall with Mexico

    Trump talks about solar power producing wall with Mexico

    The border wall is expected to cost around $22 billion and to take roughly 3.5 years to build, according to Reuters citing a U.S. President Donald Trump proposed a border wall covered with solar panels in a meeting Tuesday with congressional leaders.

    U.S. states form Climate Alliance, vow to uphold Paris Agreement

    The press release said the signers understand the agreement is a " blueprint for job creation, stability and global prosperity ". Instead, President Barack Obama committed the United States to cut its emissions by just 27%, relative to 2005, by 2025.
    Royals' Moustakas homers to halt Astros' win streak at 11

    Royals' Moustakas homers to halt Astros' win streak at 11

    Eric Hosmer went 2-for-4 in the opener and is 12-for-33 with a homer and four doubles during his eight-game hitting streak. David Paulino gave up 3 runs on 8 hits while striking out 4 over 5.2 innings of work, not factoring in the decision.
  • Twitter users, blocked by President Trump, cry censorship

    Twitter users, blocked by President Trump, cry censorship

    President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Republican congressional leaders at the White House on June 6, 2017. The Knight Institute said its arguments would apply with "equal force" to both accounts.

    Murray and Del Potro meet again; Wawrinka also in action

    He will play either eighth-seeded Kei Nishikori or South Korea's Hyeon Chung for a spot in the quarterfinals. He retrieved it when Murray served for the set in the 10th game before handing the advantage straight back.

    AG Sessions Offered To Resign Amid Trump Anger At Recusal

    Before his recusal from the Russian Federation investigation, Sessions and Trump had a strong bond. But sources say the frustration runs both ways , prompting the resignation offer from Sessions.
  • Vegas Play of the Day: Pittsburgh Penguins at Ottawa Senators

    Vegas Play of the Day: Pittsburgh Penguins at Ottawa Senators

    First, he put Matt Murray in goal in front of Marc-Andre Fleury, who carried the Penguins throughout most of the postseason. Ryan blasted a one-timer from Kyle Turris from the right circle for Ottawa's first power-play goal in the series .
    Falcao becomes Colombia's all-time top goalscorer

    Falcao becomes Colombia's all-time top goalscorer

    But Colombia had already looked risky , with Juan Cuadrado testing Pepe Reina from long-distance and James Rodriguez sending a shot just wide of the post.
    Fans in near-stampede in Turin as Champions League match

    Fans in near-stampede in Turin as Champions League match

    Hospital counts of those injured totaled 1,527, the Italian news agency ANSA reported , mostly with cuts and contusions. Three, including a young boy who suffered cranial and thoracic trauma, were in serious condition, officials said.
  • Five farmers die in shooting at protest rally in India

    Five farmers die in shooting at protest rally in India

    He said Madhya Pradesh was amongst the best performing states on all counts and Chouhan one of the BJP's best chief ministers. Mandsaur collector SK Singh confirmed death of five persons and said a magisterial enquiry has been ordered.
    Diane Abbott stands down from Labour campaign due to 'ill health'

    Diane Abbott stands down from Labour campaign due to 'ill health'

    Abbott, a close ally of left-wing leader Jeremy Corbyn, had pulled out of a radio debate on Tuesday, saying she was unwell. Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott has been temporarily replaced by Lyn Brown due to ill health, Labour has announced.