Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly said on Sunday he “might” ban carry-on laptops from all international flights into the U.S.
Stressing the potential dangers of airborne terrorist acts utilizing in-flight electronics, Kelly said deliberations over whether to impose such a ban are ongoing.
“It is a real sophisticated threat, and I’ll reserve that decision until we see where it’s going,” he said on “Fox News Sunday.”
Kelly added that regardless of his decision, the Department of Homeland Security is dedicated to improving flight safety worldwide by working with U.S. allies abroad.
“We’re still following the intelligence. The very, very good news is we are working with friends and partners around the world,” he said.
Kelly added: “We are going to raise the bar — generally speaking — for aviation security.”
American airlines and businesses have been bracing for an imminent decision from the Trump administration on whether such a ban would be imposed, POLITICO reported Thursday.
The ban, which could include laptops, tablets and other larger electronics, has been broached amid fears of terrorists utilizing them to hide bombs and carry them onto flights. The DHS previously imposed similar restrictions on flights headed for the United States from numerous Middle Eastern airports.