Trump Administration Expands Security Measures on US-Bound Flights


The Trump administration is threatening to expand its laptop ban and suspend U.S.-bound international flights if airlines fail to comply with new security measures announced Wednesday.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said the new measures will be “seen and unseen,” during the Center for New American Security conference in Washington, D.C., Wednesday afternoon.

“They will include enhanced screening of electronic devices, more fellow-passenger vetting, and new measures designed to communicate the potential threat of attacks,” Kelly said.

The restrictions are an expansion of March’s carry-on luggage laptop ban at 10 airports in the Middle East and northern Africa.

Further, Kelly said the U.S. will encourage the adoption of more sophisticated security measures, such as explosive detection with canines and expanding security pre-clearance locations.

He added that inaction is not an option. If countries or airlines do not comply with the new measures, the laptop ban may be expanded to their flights or their flights to the U.S. may be suspended altogether.

Kelly said the new measures will be phased in over time, but had no specific timeline or deadlines to comply.

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