Laptop Ban on Planes Is Lifted, US Officials Confirm

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Travelers flying to the US from the Middle East and North Africa no longer have to worry about checking their laptops, tablets and other large electronic devices.

The United States has ended the ban on large electronics in the cabins of airlines that it announced in March.

The federal agency that oversees airline security declined to detail the new security measures but confirmed that the precautions came in response to threats that terrorists were working on ways to hide explosives in laptops or other electronic devices.

As of Thursday, all 180 US and foreign airlines and 280 foreign airports have met the "first phase" of the expanded security rules, the department said.

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

Security at shipping ports around the U.S., including testing containers and vessels for biological and radiological hazards, is a top priority to preventing terrorism, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Thursday. And to say the least, it destroyed the airplane. "With enhanced security measures in place, all restrictions on large PEDs announced in March for 10 airports/9 airlines have been lifted", he wrote.

And Kelly says every single airport, including the 10 in the Middle East and North Africa subjected to the initial laptop ban, now meet those initial requirements to enhance security across the board.

US authorities remained vague about what this enhanced security would look like but noted that it will include "heightened screening of personal electronic devices" and "increasing security protocols around aircraft and in passenger areas".

The U.S. has officially ended the laptop ban.

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