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United States Looks to Increase Airport Security Instead of Expand the Laptop Ban

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Travel Editor
Updated: 29 June 2017
On Wednesday, Homeland Security announced that the United States would be increasing airport security measures rather than move forward with the proposed plan to expand the existing laptop ban.

“It is time that we raise the global baseline of aviation security. We cannot play international whack-a-mole with each new threat,” Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said at a recent press conference.

“Instead, we must put in place new measures across the board to keep the traveling public safe and make it harder for terrorists to succeed.”

Since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the travel industry has been faced with a wave of bans and restrictions, the latest of which was an electronics ban that affects inbound flights from select Middle Eastern countries.

Talks of expanding the electronics ban to Europe have been debated in recent weeks until the recent decision to simply implement new security measures instead. Rather than create bans for every alert that intelligence picks up on, Homeland Security argues the importance of enacting widespread security measures to face new threats.

While details of what increased airport security will entail are yet to be determined, Kelly said in his press conference that it will likely include: increased passenger vetting, screenings, the use of bomb-sniffing dogs, advanced screening technology and improved protocols in passenger areas.

In short, passengers should be prepared to have to allot more time to go through security when traveling.