U.S. to Hold Off On Further Airline Laptop Bans Top News


U.S. to Hold Off On Further Airline Laptop Bans Top News

WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security has put off plans to impose further bans on laptop computers and other electronic devices in airline carry-on baggage for flights to the U.S. from Europe, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Wednesday.

Instead the U.S. will require airlines and overseas airports to step up their procedures for screening passengers and securing airplanes.

“We are not standing on the sidelines while fanatics hatch new plots. The US government is focused on deterring, detecting, and disrupting these threats,” Kelly said.

Passengers will be allowed to carry electronic devices larger than a cell phone onto U.S.-bound flight if they board an airline that complies with new U.S.-imposed security directives calling for more extensive passenger screening, increased use of bomb-sniffing dogs, and improved security measures.

Image: TSA at Fort lauderdale-Hollywood Int Airport

Passengers load their items into bins to be scanned as they pass through security at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on December 18, 2015 in Fort Lauderdale. File