DHS Secretary John Kelly: We Might Ban Laptops On International Flights

29 May, 2017, 05:19 | Author: Van Morton
  • Laptop Ban May Extend To Flights Departing The U.S.

John Kelly said there was a real threat and terrorists were "obsessed" with the idea of knocking down a USA plane.

The DHS announced March 21 that it was banning all gadgets larger than a smartphone, including laptops and iPads, on direct flights between the United States and 10 worldwide airports in the Middle East and Africa.

Kelly was asked on "Fox News Sunday" if he was going to ban laptops from all global flights into and out of the US.

Mr Kelly was speaking on the breakfast programme Fox News Sunday about efforts to combat terrorism after Monday's bomb attack in the United Kingdom . "I made that decision based on intelligence from a certain part of the world - sophisticated threats", he said then.

The airports hit by the U.S. ban are: Queen Alia International Airport (Jordan), Cairo International Airport (Egypt), Ataturk International Airport (Turkey), King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (Saudi Arabia), King Khalid International Airport (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait International Airport, Mohammed V Airport (Morocco), Hamad International Airport (Qatar), Dubai International Airport (United Arab Emirates) and Abu Dhabi International Airport (United Arab Emirates).

Kelly was asked on Fox News Sunday whether he would expand the ban to cover laptops on all worldwide flights into and out of the states, and answered: 'I might'. Some of the airlines affected by the ban have tried to implement workaround solutions especially for business class travels, such as making complimentary laptops available to those afftected.

On Friday Kelly told Fox News that if most people knew the extent of the security threat to the United States, some would "never leave the house".

"We are going to raise the bar for, generally speaking, aviation security much higher than it is now", Kelly said.

"You just have to be vigilant", he said. Since I've been in this job... "But I will tell you this, as I always do in cases like this, I immediately called my counterpart in the U.K. And after offering my condolences about the attack - and unbelievably the third time in 120 days I've done that; I've called the minister and offered my condolences". "To the administrations' great credit, they have given us a heads up". "We're going to stop them there and take apart the caliphate". "We just have to be vigilant".

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