Laptop Ban on Planes Is Lifted, US Officials Confirm

DHS Chief: US Tested Prototype Terrorist Bombs Before Implementing New Aviation Security Rules

DHS Chief: US Tested Prototype Terrorist Bombs Before Implementing New Aviation Security Rules

Worldwide travelers flying to the USA should prepare for longer wait times and more intensive screening, as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rolls out its enhanced security measures this week.

At the Aspen Security Forum, DHS Secretary John Kelly shared that officials have actually tested out a laptop bomb on an airplane.

Travelers flying to the US are now encountering enhanced screenings of large electronic devices.

Kelly said the newly announced policy requiring airports to adopt tougher security rules to avoid a ban on electronic devices in the cabin was not a compromise between security and convenience.

"We tested it on a real airplane on the ground, pressurized, and to say the least, it destroyed the airplane", Kelly said.

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But this isn't the end for scrutiny of devices on airplanes.

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.

He says the majority of human trafficking arrests are of people who are helping to smuggle undocumented immigrants across the USA border.

Homeland Security imposed the laptop ban from the Middle East in March and threatened to expand it to more than 280 airports worldwide unless all of them carried out the intensified screenings.

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. As of today, the ban has been removed in full for all ten airports and nine airlines included in the original travel restriction. So it's not going to stop.

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