US Lifts Laptop Ban On Flights From Middle East

The DHS had banned electronic devices larger than a smartphone in the cabins of airplanes on direct flights to the USA from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa.

The measures came in response to increased worries that Islamic State, Al-Qaeda and other jihadist groups are plotting to attack global flights with bombs hidden in consumer electronics.

The federal agency that oversees airline security declined to detail the new security measures but confirmed that the precautions came in response to threats that terrorists were working on ways to hide explosives in laptops or other electronic devices.

DHS spokesman David Lapan said that as of midnight Wednesday, the 180 airlines flying to USA destinations, including United States carriers, and 280 airports that have direct flights to the U.S., had all implemented the first phase of tough new security protocols announced by USA authorities on June 28.

The U.S. has lifted its ban on carry-on laptop computers on foreign flights headed to American airports. "To say the least, it destroyed the airplane".

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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 enhance security screening protocols and upgrade bomb detection equipment.

It's been four months since passengers flying from 10 airports in the Middle East had their laptop (and other devices) privileges taken away.

Travellers flying to the USA from almost 300 worldwide airports, including those in Mexico and Canada, are now subject to stepped-up security measures that include stricter screening for electronic devices.

  • Jon Douglas