Tablet and laptop ban on US-bound flights all but lifted after airports comply

Tablet and laptop ban on US-bound flights all but lifted after airports comply
Well, that didn't take long. After a seemingly draconian ban on devices larger than a smartphone was introduced in March for airlines flying from some Middle Eastern, North African and Turkish airports to the US, now a fourth airline has been exempt from the requirement, effectively nixing the ban in all but a name. 

It seems that the measure has been undertaken in order to urge airports to install better screening equipment, as Homeland Security had received credible intelligence that explosives hidden in laptop and tablet batteries are prepped for usage in flights going to the US. 

After Emirates and Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways was the latest to see its electronics ban lifted today, as the Hamad International Airport in Doha complied with all the measures and the equipment requested by the US authorities, so the tablet and laptop ban proved to be a useful tool for making airports safer in a jiffy.



1. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

TSA never stopped terrorist attacks, and probably never will....

2. cncrim

Posts: 1588; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Number don't lie, it had been 16 years without an airline attack. They must do something right, keep it up.

3. NoOneSpecific

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 06, 2017

Simply put (you're welcome) the two things have nothing to do with one another. That there has not been another attack using airplanes in the past 16 years had no bearing on the ineffectiveness of the TSA. The one has no correlation on the other.

4. tbacba

Posts: 134; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

And you know this because...? If even a single terrorist rethought staging an attack because of TSA security, then that is a success.

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