In a statement by the Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly on Sunday, he made it clear that considerations are on the high side to ban laptops from the passenger class of all flights coming in and leaving the United States.
Following the terrorist attacks and the efforts to curb them, a ban was declared in March, and this affects about fifty aeroplanes from about ten towns every day – especially cities in the Middle East.
What does the ban entail?
Travellers are not allowed to bring in tablets, laptops as well some other devices in their luggage which they take into the plane. Consequently, every electronic device that is larger than a smartphone must be checked properly.
The existing ban affects flights from ten different international airports – these airports are in Kuwait City, Amman, Cairo, Doha, Casablanca, Jeddah and Riyadh, Istanbul, Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
In an interview with Fox News Sunday, John Kelly was asked if he would make the ban to include laptops on flights across boundaries in and out of the United States, he replied that he might.
Reports that made waves earlier this month suggest that the present administration of Trump will expand the ban to cover aircraft from the European Union. Consequently, it will influence a route that allows the transportation of about 65 million passengers each year – trans-Atlantic route.
According to a statement by the U.S. officials, the ban ab initio was not meant to be a targeted threat; rather a means of cutting down the terrorist activities of extremists that aim at jetliners. Kelly further stated that there’s a threat and terrorists are bent on defeating a plane in flight especially if it’s a U.S plane carrying many U.S folks.
Speaking on the proposed ban, Kelly emphasised that the U.S. will increase the security of aviation way more than it is at present. New technologies are on the way and will work great in boosting aviation security when its time.
The budget of Trump’s administration will start on the 1st of October and will cause significant cuts to air safety.