WASHINGTON (ABC NEWS) – The Department of Homeland Security is demanding airlines around the world tighten security on all flights to the U.S., or risk an electronics ban.
The Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, said terrorists are relentless and new, and enhanced security measures are necessary to protect to the United States.
Sec. Kelly stated terrorists want to bring down aircraft to instill fear, disrupt our economies and undermine our way of life.”
The changes stem from concerns about explosives placed in electronic devices larger than a phone. The new security measures will affect every airline, and every flight coming into the U.S.
That means 280 airports, 180 airlines, 2,000 flights, and about 325,000 passengers will be impacted every single day. And the reaction from those passengers varies.
Airlines for America, the group that represents most U.S. airlines released a statement saying in part that the new directives will likely cause “significant operational disruptions and unnecessarily frustrating consequences for the traveling public.”
Airline passengers can expect to see more K-9 units, more explosive swabbing and possibly these new scanning machines that show what’s inside a bag in 3D.
Sec. Kelly said “I made this call based on evaluated intelligence and real concerns that I had about terrorist plotting.
The U.S. is focused on finding and stopping these threats.
This means the laptop ban from airports in 8 countries won’t be expanded, as long as airlines follow these new security measures.
But airlines that don’t comply could be blocked from carrying personal electronic devices into the U.S. or face suspension of operations.