A temporary ban on large electronics in carry-on luggage on flights to the USA from eight countries announced in March came after an explosive destroyed an airplane during a test, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Wednesday.
As of Thursday, all 180 US and foreign airlines and 280 foreign airports have met the "first phase" of the expanded security rules, the department said.
The DHS announced yesterday that it has now entirely lifted the four-month ban on laptops (and other large electronics) in hand luggage flying in from specific Middle Eastern and North African airports.
Kelly said the newly announced policy requiring airports to adopt tougher security rules to avoid a ban on electronic devices in the cabin was not a compromise between security and convenience.
KELLY: We tested it on a real airplane on the ground, pressurized.
But this isn't the end for scrutiny of devices on airplanes.
The U.S. has officially ended the laptop ban. And to say the least, it destroyed the airplane.
The 10 airports targeted by the ban have since implemented the new security measures required since March by the US ban, as verified by USA officials. The requirements affect 2,000 commercial flights a day from 280 airports.
"We can actually use this crisis as a way to raise global aviation security", Kelly said.
SCHAPER: There is still a second phase of security enhancements airlines and airports around the world must implement within the next couple of months, or the laptop ban or other flight restrictions could return.