Better airport security standards could avoid laptop ban, Kelly says
An expanded ban of carry-on laptops on international flights could extend to flights headed to the U.S. from 71 airports around the world, a top security official told lawmakers on Wednesday. But Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly also said that the agency is trying to develop security standards that airports could meet to avoid the ban on laptops, tablets and other electronic devices. The secretary, who spoke at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing, said foreign terrorists are trying every day to knock down one of our airplanes coming over here from right now Europe and the Middle East. He called the threat very serious and constant.
Two months ago, the U.S. and the U.K. imposed a ban on some flights coming from the Middle East and North Africa. The U.S. rule affected 10 airports. Kelly didn t say where the additional 71 airports are located. Kelly said he was behind the decision to install the initial ban, and said intelligence reports indicated that those airports were most at risk and airport security personnel didn t have sufficient ability to guard against explosives in electronic devices.
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