US mulls extending laptop ban to all flights in and out of the country

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US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, on Sunday, stated that the US might expand the laptop ban to all flights to and from the United States. Kelly stated that “it’s the thing terrorists are obsessed with, particularly if it’s a US carrier.”

Presently, the laptop ban covers flights originating and destined for 10 airports, mostly located in the Middle East. The ban prohibits travellers from bringing laptops, tablets and other certain battery operated devices into the cabin. Devices larger than a smartphone must be checked in if a passenger wishes to travel with their devices.

The laptop ban, introduced by the Trump administration, is reported to be extended to flights originating from the European Union and could be extended to Asian flights in the future. However, it needs to be cleared by Department of Homeland Security before implementation.