Laptop ban prompted after explosive test destroyed airplane, DHS chief says

Marsha Scott
July 31, 2017

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced in March a temporary ban on large electronics in passenger cabins of nonstop global flights from certain airports into the U.S.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) demanded last month that airlines around the world step up security measures for worldwide flights bound for the United States or face the possibility of a total electronics ban for planes.

Hundreds of foreign airports and U.S. and overseas airlines have made security enhancements necessary for passengers traveling direct to the U.S.to carry laptops into the cabin, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Thursday.

A US intelligence official told CBS News that the new ban was put in place because of an intelligence report that found a terrorist plot seeking to use explosives hidden in a laptop to destroy a commercial flight.

In fact, he says, homeland security experts here built their own device with explosives hidden inside.

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But this isn't the end for scrutiny of devices on airplanes.

Information about the threat also came from a British penetration of the Islamic State in Syria, U.S. officials have said. And to say the least, it destroyed the airplane.

Officials released a statement to CBS News saying communication between the DHS and Transportation Security Agency led to the increase in airline safety. "With enhanced security measures in place, all restrictions on large PEDs announced in March for 10 airports/9 airlines have been lifted", he wrote.

The regulations could include asking passengers to present larger electronic devices for inspection and prove that they can be powered on.

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