The Department of Homeland Security officially lifted the ban on large carry-on electronics for USA -bound flights.
Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly said at the Aspen Security Forum yesterday that top priorities for the DHS include raising global aviation security standards.
A restriction put in place earlier this year previously barred laptops, tablets, cameras, and portable game consoles from the cabins of certain US -bound worldwide flights, following reports that terrorist organizations were eyeing methods for concealing explosives in large electronics.
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More than 280 airports - including the 10 targeted by original laptop ban - complied with that rule, officials said Thursday. The agency announced that the countries where the airports are located were complying with tightened security measures and anyone flying to the US can now bring a computer onto the plane.
"We tested it on a real airplane on the ground, pressurized, and to say the least, it destroyed the airplane", he said.
SCHAPER: There is still a second phase of security enhancements airlines and airports around the world must implement within the next couple of months, or the laptop ban or other flight restrictions could return.
KELLY: There are people out there - very smart people, very sophisticated people - who do nothing but trying to figure out how to blow up an airplane in flight.