John Kelly, Secretary of Homeland Security, announced that he is considering a ban on passengers bringing laptops in their carry-on luggage on international flights arriving in the United States.
Kelly said he is considering such a prohibition due to the looming potential dangers of terrorist attacks on airplanes caused by electronic devices which could be detonated on such flights.
“It is a real sophisticated threat, and I’ll reserve that decision until we see where it’s going,” Kelly said, explaining that a laptop ban is still in the discussion phase.
Kelly added that no matter he and his agency decides, the Department of Homeland Security sees its role as making flying as safe and secure as possible all over the world. The agency works with all countries to reach this outcome.
“We’re still following the intelligence. The very, very good news is we are working with friends and partners around the world,” he said.
Kelly added: “We are going to raise the bar, generally speaking, for aviation security.”
Gail Nussbaum has been involved in politics and diplomacy for over 15 years. Her interest in foreign relations, economics and budget policy has led her to her position as fiscal policy writer at Left Justified. Gail can be contacted at gailnussbaum(at)leftjustified.com.