DHS officials announce enhanced security measures for all flights to U.S. but won’t expand laptop ban
Wednesday US authorities increased security measures and detection of all commercial flights in the US, but have moved away from a proposal to extend the ban to laptops and other electronic devices – unless airlines and Airports refused to comply with the new rules.
Since March, passengers were allowed to fly to the United States. Of some predominantly Muslim countries to carry larger electronic devices like the on-board mobile phone with them. However, these restrictions could be lifted if airlines and affected airports adopt new security protocols, officials said.
Officials at the Ministry of National Security said that airlines and airports are responsible for implementing changes and new communication procedures for travelers.
Officials declined to provide details of the changes, citing security concerns, but said they could include detection of laptops and smartphones improved and improved security protocols around the aircraft and passenger areas.
The hope is that the new requirements would not translate into longer waiting times at security checkpoints or would be prohibitive for airlines and airports to implement.
At a briefing with the press, senior DHS officials indicated that the requirements to “raise the baseline” in aviation security around the world. The guidelines aim to prevent terrorists from all over air safety.
“The time has come to consider the global baseline of aviation security,” said Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly. “We can not play hit-and-run with every new international threat.”
Despite talking about expanding the ban on laptops and other large electronic devices created in March, DHS said that Kelly finally came to the conclusion that threats could be addressed without expanding the ban.
“The good news is we’ve found a way to raise the bar in the world, but at the same time they do not care for travelers,” said Kelly, who announced new security measures at a conference for a New US Security Center.
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DHS officials said they had “constant contact with our interinstitutional, our industry and our international partners to address evolving threats” and had the common goal of implementing measures that would be a minimum of disruption to travelers.
However, airlines and airports that do not meet the new requirements could face repercussions, including a total ban on all personal electronic devices on flights, including freight; Fines and possible loss of your permit to fly to the United States.
Officials, however, said they expected the vast majority of airlines and airports by the rules. Flights to the United States will not be affected, in part because airports are already using several enhanced security measures that are requested.
DHS officials said they had been in contact with airlines and countries covered by the current ban and that “all these countries had expressed their willingness to comply with these restrictions can be lifted.”
“We are ready to go in and inspect the way they adhere to the new security restrictions,” the official said. “They are the carriers of how quickly you want to move.”