No laptop ban as United States says all airlines have raised security

Saudia's exemption ends US laptop ban on Middle East airlines

Trump's controversial, confusing laptop flight ban is now over

USA officials lifted the ban after visiting the 10 airports in Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Turkey over the past three weeks to confirm new security measures announced last month were being implemented.

The measures instituted by the US on June 28 included enhancing overall passenger screening, the establishment of more preclearance locations, increased security protocols around aircraft and in passenger areas, and the expansion of canine screening.

The increased security measures, put in place in the United States government's continued push to fight terrorism, took effect on Wednesday, July 19.

"The 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", DHS spokesman David Lapan said, according to The New York Times.

The ban did not apply to electronic devices in the cargo hold of airplanes, because Kelly said it was unlikely someone would be able to remotely detonate a bomb from the cabin.

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In March, the US imposed a ban on laptops in the cabins of planes coming into the country from 10 Middle Eastern airports.

Given the constant threat of ever-changing technologies, Kelly said DHS chose to take a more sweeping approach to security.

At a Center for a New American Security conference in June, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said airlines and airports would be required to adopt more sophisticated passenger-vetting procedures, and include better use of explosive-detection dogs and technology.

Kelly said: "I am concerned that we are seeing renewed interest on the part of terrorist groups to go after the aviation sector-from bombing aircraft to attacking airports on the ground, as we saw in Brussels and Istanbul.... One passenger, who was blown out of the hole in the fuselage, was killed". CBS News reported that they had confirmed back in March "that terrorist groups have been perfecting and testing a bomb that can be hidden in a laptop computer and can evade security scanners".

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