US axes laptop ban

The US Department of Homeland Security has lifted any remaining bans on carrying larger electronic items on flights from the Middle East and North Africa, but travellers are now subject to enhanced security measures on inbound flights.

The so-called ‘laptop ban’ was placed on flights from eight mainly Muslim countries in March, with the UK following suit soon after, but it was scaled back in the face of criticism starting in July.

The removal of the laptop ban comes after the US began enforcing enhanced security measures on travellers from 105 countries, which includes heightened inspection of electronic devices at security checkpoints.

As part of the new measures, airlines are expected to conduct interviews with passengers at check-in, and inspections at security checkpoints are subject to enhanced protocols. – Molly Dyson

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