US Lifts Laptop Ban On Flights From Middle East

US Lifts Laptop Ban On Flights From Middle East

After a four month ban, game developers and other professionals traveling to the US from a number of Middle-Eastern countries will once again have access to their electronics for the duration of their global flight.

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told a USA security conference Wednesday that experts carried out such a test.

Information about the threat also came from a British penetration of the Islamic State in Syria, U.S. officials have said.

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




David Lapan, a spokesman for the DHS, said the ban was lifted due to additional security measures that have been issued to all airlines and airports serving as last points of departure to the United States around the world. "Airlines were able to implement the necessary enhanced security measures because of the close coordination and extensive communication between aviation partners and DHS/TSA", the statement read.

At an appearance at the Aspen Security Forum on Wednesday, Kelly said the TSA had developed and tested an two devices containing explosives hidden in large electronic devices.

The ban on laptops in the cabins of planes flying from the Middle East to the U.S.is over, federal officials said Thursday as large airports in the region have taken other steps to increase security. Some business travelers canceled trips rather than going an entire 10- or 12-hour overseas flight without being able to get work done on their laptops.

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.

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