US Lifts Laptop Ban On Flights From Middle East

DHS Chief: US Tested Prototype Terrorist Bombs Before Implementing New Aviation Security Rules

Restrictions are no longer in effect for the last of 10 airports with US bound flights that had a ban on electronic devices.

The measures came in response to increased worries that Islamic State, Al-Qaeda and other jihadist groups are plotting to attack global flights with bombs hidden in consumer electronics.

"They'd like to knock down a US airplane in flight on the way to the United States", he said.

At an appearance at the Aspen Security Forum on Wednesday, Kelly said the TSA had developed and tested an two devices containing explosives hidden in large electronic devices.

"To say the least, it destroyed the plane", he said, according to The Daily Beast.

The Department of Homeland Security has lifted its so-called laptop ban.

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The threat has eased somewhat, the intelligence official said, in part due to the implementation of enhanced security measures.

The 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa have implemented enhanced security measures required by the US since the ban in March.

The 10 airports targeted by the ban have since implemented the new security measures required since March by the US ban, as verified by USA officials.

Officials released a statement to CBS News saying communication between the DHS and Transportation Security Agency led to the increase in airline safety.

Those measures include checking electronic devices to make sure they don't contain a bomb, and pulling more people out of airport lines for additional screening.

CATSA also says electronic devices will not be permitted beyond the screening checkpoint if they "cannot be taken out of their cases or powered on when requested during enhanced screening".

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