U.S. of­fi­cial eyes greatly ex­panded lap­top ban

The Hamilton Spectator - - BUSINESS -

WASHINGTON — Home­land Se­cu­rity Sec­re­tary John Kelly said Sun­day he’s con­sid­er­ing ban­ning lap­tops from the pas­sen­ger cab­ins of all in­ter­na­tional flights to and from the United States.

That would dra­mat­i­cally ex­pand a ban an­nounced in March that af­fects about 50 flights per day from 10 cities, mostly in the Mid­dle East. The cur­rent ban was put in place be­cause of con­cerns about ter­ror­ist at­tacks.

The ban pre­vents trav­ellers from bring­ing lap­tops, tablets and cer­tain other de­vices on board with them in their carry-on bags. All elec­tron­ics big­ger than a smart­phone must be checked in.

Kelly was asked on “Fox News Sun­day” whether he would ex­pand the ban to cover lap­tops on all in­ter­na­tional flights into and out of the U.S. His an­swer: “I might.”

Ear­lier this month, there were re­ports the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion would broaden the ban to in­clude planes from the Euro­pean Union.

“There’s a real threat,” Kelly said, adding that ter­ror­ists are “ob­sessed” with the idea of down­ing a plane in flight, “par­tic­u­larly if it’s a U.S. car­rier.”

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