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Big News Network.com Thursday June 1, 2017
U.S. authorities step back from plans to impose laptop ban on flights from Europe
Stepping back from their plans of imposing a ban on carry-on computers on flights coming from Europe, U.S. aviation security officials revealed that they would not be going ahead with it. The ban had initially been proposed to guard against possible bomb-laden electronics from being put on the plane by terror outfits like ISIS. The Department of Homeland Security said in a statement that a ban, which is already in place for U.S.-bound flights from the Middle East, could still be implemented for Europe if the threat level worsens. DHS Secretary John Kelly reportedly held a telephonic discussion with European Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc on Tuesday. During the conversation, DHS said in a statement that Kelly reportedly "made it clear" that a ban on passengers carrying tablet and computer-sized electronics on board flights to the United States "is still on the table. The statement further noted, "Secretary Kelly affirmed he will implement any and all measures necessary to secure commercial aircraft flying to the United States - including prohibiting large electronic devices from the passenger cabin if the intelligence and threat level warrant it." Confirming the discussion, a European...Read more
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