By: Agence France-Presse
Four airports stay under a ban for carry-on laptops on US-bound flights, imposed amid fears that Islamic State is creating a bomb hid in private electronics, officers stated Tuesday.
The ban stays in place for Saudi Arabia’s two important worldwide airports, in Riyadh and Jeddah, in addition to Egypt’s Cairo International and Morocco’s Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport, the Department of Homeland Security stated.
Six others throughout the Middle East have been faraway from the ban, initially put in place on March 21, after enhancing safety procedures.
The ban requires travellers to pack all private digital gadgets bigger than cellphones in baggage saved in the plane’s baggage compartment.
The transfer got here after intelligence officers realized of efforts by the Islamic State group to vogue a bomb into client electronics.
The unique ban was targeted on airports in the Middle East and North Africa.
But final month, DHS issued directives to 180 carriers round the world flying into the United States mandating enhancements in safety procedures, particularly bodily and technological screening of bags and electronics.
The directives included strain to put in explosive-detecting scanners inside weeks, in addition to including extra bomb-sniffing canines.
“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,” stated Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.(AFP)