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Homeland Security demands more security on international flights into US

Homeland Security demands more security on international flights into US

"It is time we raised the baseline for worldwide aviation security", Kelly told guests at the Center for New American Security think tank in announcing the regulations.

Among the measures announced on Wednesday evening were enhanced screening of personal electronic devices, passengers and explosive detection.

According to airline sources, passengers' in-flight experience should not be affected by these changes.

The U.S. government is imposing broad new demands for increased airport security on all flights to America from other countries in an attempt to combat the threat of terrorists hiding bombs in laptops and other electronic devices.

The U.S. electronics ban that's been in effect since March targeted 10 airports in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

Airlines that fail to comply with the new security measures could be subject to penalties, fines, pulling FAA certificates and restricting the airlines from traveling in US airspace.

This story is developing.

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The original laptop and electronics ban has been in place since March amid concerns about an undisclosed threat described only as sophisticated and ongoing. Airlines that comply with the new secret directives will be allowed to fly into the US with no restrictions, but officials said those that fail will have laptops and other large electronic devices banned altogether - including from the cargo hold.

Earlier this month, Kelly told CNN that the 10 airports that were first hit with the laptop ban would be given an opportunity to get off the list if they took certain measures.

The DHS is implementing new enhanced security measures for all commercial flights coming in to the United States.

In March, the USA barred passengers from bringing laptops, tablets, and other devices as carry-on items on flights from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa, including in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Istanbul, Amman, Cairo, and Morocco.

The department will need cooperation from airlines, since the DHS does not have jurisdiction over airports in foreign countries.

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The test comes as US officials scramble to deal with potential new threats, including reports that terrorists are developing bombs that can be disguised as laptop batteries. Checked luggage already goes through computed-tomography screening while carry-on bags don't.


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