It’s about time.
US Homeland Security secretary John Kelly unveiled enhanced security measures for foreign flights arriving in the United States in what officials said was a move to prevent an expansion of an in-cabin ban on laptops and other large electronic devices.
“Inaction is not an option,” Kelly said, saying he believed airlines will comply with the new screening. But he said the measures were not the last step to tighten security.
US officials are requiring enhanced screening of personal electronic devices, passengers and explosive detection for the roughly 2,000 commercial flights arriving daily in the United States from 280 airports in 105 countries.
Airlines that failed to satisfy new security requirements could still face future in-cabin electronics restrictions.
US officials told the airlines they have 21 days to put in place increased explosive screening and have 120 days to comply with other security measures, including enhanced screening of airline passengers.
Source: The Guardian