America may ban laptops in cabin luggage of all global flights

Laptop bombs have become a serious global security threat to the aviation industry, forcing nations such as the USA, and United Kingdom to impose bans on large electronics into aircraft cabins.

In an interview with Fox News at the weekend, US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said that he would "raise the bar" on airline security measures. They are not allowed in the cabins of flights from Turkey, Morocco, Jordan, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. He said that while no decision had yet been made about whether to extend the laptop ban, there is "a real sophisticated threat" which meant the TSA was having to increase checks.

The reason behind the laptop ban, according to the USA authorities, is the intelligence services' claim of an alleged threat of terrorists hiding explosive devices inside larger electronic appliances. He is considering banning anything larger than a cell phone in the cabins of worldwide airline flights. Kelly announced the possibility of the ban expansion in an appearance on "Fox News Sunday", saying that terrorists are planning on "knocking down an airplane in flight, particularly a us carrier, if it's full of mostly USA folks".

The reason, Kelly said, is that in order to avoid paying fees for checking bags, people are stuffing them to the point where it is hard to see through the clutter.

"The more you stuff in there, the less the TSA professionals that are looking at what's in those bags through the monitors, they can't tell what's in the bags anymore", Kelly explained.

At the airports testing new procedures, passengers are asked to remove additional items from carry-on bags for separate screenings.

However, those restrictions could also soon include flights departing from the United States, according to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, who spoke briefly to reporters on Friday.

Both Delta Air Lines and United Airlines are kept in close loop in the development of tightening airlines security.

"Ensuring the safety and security of Australia's travelling public is a priority for the Government, and we have a comprehensive and strong transport security system in place, " Transport Minister Darren Chester said.

Kelly said the U.S. "might, and likely will" expand these TSA screening procedures nationwide.

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