Saturday, 25 November, 2017

United States may expand laptop ban to all worldwide flights

Grace Luna | 08 June, 2017, 15:47

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is considering expanding its carry-on restrictions for electronic devices to include flights departing from the United States, according to CNN.

"Well, there's a real threat", said Kelly, despite strong intelligence sharing between the US and other countries.

U.S. travellers can expect more scrutiny of cabin baggage.

"There is a real threat - numerous threats against aviation", Kelly said.

If Homeland Security goes ahead with the expansion of the ban, we can expect other airlines to follow Emirates' example, though such VIP services will likely do little to alleviate the annoyance felt by passengers forced to fall into line.

"Whatever comes out we'll have to comply with", Oscar Munoz, chief executive officer of United Airlines said at the company's annual meeting last week. He said no decision had been made as to the timing of any ban.

"There's a real threat - numerous threats against aviation", he said adding that terrorists were "obsessed" with the idea of "knocking down an airplane in flight, particularly a U.S. carrier, if it's full of mostly USA folks".

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

"There are new technologies down the road, not too far down the road, that we will rely on".

John Kelly says he's considering a ban on laptops in airline cabins from flights that leave all nations, not just Europe and the Middle East as is now the case.

That greater scrutiny could be expanded to the entire country, Kelly told Fox News Sunday.

Australia said it was considering implementing a similar laptop ban earlier this month.

This meant that TSA personnel were unable to tell what was in the bags. Hey, if you're going to inconvenience travellers, shouldn't you at least be fair about it?

The US government later said it had "evaluated intelligence" pointing towards terrorists "aggressively pursuing" methods for carrying out foreign attacks, with the United Kingdom government adding that the measures were "necessary, effective, and proportionate".

Below is the Fox News Sunday interview with Gen. Kelly. This results in a quicker throughput and less bin use.

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