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US to toughen airline security; holds off laptop ban expansion

The Secretary of Homeland Security said evolving terror threats made it imperative to raise security standards for airlines from all countries, rather than take a piecemeal approach on electronics.

Published: 29th June 2017 01:22 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th June 2017 11:03 AM   |  A+A-

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By AFP

WASHINGTON: The US announced on Wednesday that it would implement tough new security rules for all airlines flying into the country, but held off from a threatened expansion of its carry-on laptop ban.

Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly said evolving terror threats made it imperative to raise security standards for airlines from all countries, rather than take a piecemeal approach on personal electronics.

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"We cannot play international whack-a-mole with each new threat. Instead, we must put in place new measures across the board to keep the traveling public safe and make it harder for terrorists to succeed."

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