Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly mentioned Sunday he is contemplating a ban on laptops within the passenger cabins of all international flights to and from the US.
This could be an enormous enlargement of DHS restrictions that took impact in March, barring electronics larger than a phone contained in the cabin on flights to the US and the UK from airports in a number of nations within the Middle East and North Africa.
Kelly was asked on “Fox News Sunday” if he was going to ban laptops from all international flights into and out of the US.
“I might,” he answered. Kelly added that there is a actual menace to aviation, saying terrorists are “obsessed” with the thought of “knocking down an airplane in flight, particularly if it’s a US carrier, particularly if it’s full of mostly US folks, people. It’s real.”
Kelly additionally mentioned the US goes to “raise the bar” for aviation safety a lot larger than it’s now.
The DHS did not instantly reply to a request for remark.
In March, the DHS quickly banned passengers from carrying on laptops, tablets and different units bigger than cellphones on flights from 10 Middle Easter and African countries. Instead, these gadgets needed to be positioned in checked baggage. Then earlier this month, DHS mentioned it may ban laptops on all flights from Europe, as effectively. It enacted the ban after intelligence revealed terrorists have been creating an explosive that may very well be hidden in transportable digital units.
Hundreds of hundreds of thousands of passengers fly between the US and different nations of the world yearly. In June 2016 — the most recent data from the US Department on Transportation — almost 20,000,000 passengers flew between the US and a international nation with 50 % of these passengers flying on a US airline.