US ends airline laptop ban: New security measures make the electronics OK to carry on – Los Angeles Times

New security measures added at international airports now allow laptop computers, tablets and other large electronic devices in the cabins of flights to the United States, the Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday.

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.

“This quick and decisive action taken by airlines, nations and stakeholders are a testament to our shared commitment to raising the bar on global aviation security,” Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said in a statement.

In March, the U.S. imposed a restriction on all electronic devices larger than a smartphone in passenger cabins of flights from eight Middle Eastern and African countries. Kelly hinted later than he was considering expanding that restriction so it would apply to all flights into the U.S.

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