US Finally Ends Laptop Ban Due To 'Enhanced Security Measures In Place'

US Finally Ends Laptop Ban Due To 'Enhanced Security Measures In Place'

US Finally Ends Laptop Ban Due To 'Enhanced Security Measures In Place'

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Thursday that 180 airlines worldwide that fly directly to U.S. airports have complied with the first phase of enhanced security measures outlined in June.

DHS Secretary John Kelly told NBC that his team had tested the potential of a laptop bomb to bring down an airplane and found strong evidence affirming that possibility.

In response to fresh intelligence that the so-called Islamic State group was trying to develop a bomb hidden in a laptop computer or tablet, USA authorities ordered a ban on March 21 on carry-on electronics larger than cellphones on all US-bound flights from 10 airports in eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

At an appearance at the Aspen Security Forum on Wednesday, Kelly said the TSA had developed and tested an two devices containing explosives hidden in large electronic devices. And to say the least, it destroyed the airplane.

Passengers should be prepared to arrive even earlier to the airport than usual for worldwide flights inbound to the US - at least three hours in advance.

SCHAPER: So the Department of Homeland Security now requires airports around the world that are the final points of departure for flights coming into the U.S.to enhance security screening protocols and upgrade bomb detection equipment.

And Kelly says every single airport, including the 10 in the Middle East and North Africa subjected to the initial laptop ban, now meet those initial requirements to enhance security across the board.

"The quick and decisive action taken by airlines, nations, and stakeholders are a testament to our shared commitment to raising the bar on global aviation security".

A few of the airlines took the ban in stride, sharing ways to get around the ban as well as jokes meant to lighten the mood for irritated travelers.

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