Secretary Kelly Rolls Out New Airport Security Measures

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly announced new security measures that will affect all commercial flights entering the U.S. from abroad, during a speech before security experts Wednesday afternoon.

But he stopped short of imposing a global laptop ban, like the laptop ban he imposed on 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa. Instead, Kelly said a range of new measures would be required for other airports, and said those failing to meet the new requirements could face a laptop ban and possibly a ban on flights, although he said he expected most airports to comply.

“I’m concerned that we are seeing renewed interest on the part of terrorist groups to go after the aviation sector. However, we are not standing on the sidelines while fanatics hatch new plots,” Kelly told attendees at the Center for a New America Security conference in Washington, D.C.

“It’s time that we raise the global baseline of aviation security,” he added. “We cannot play international whack-a-mole with each new threat.”


Originally published by the Washington Examiner.