After about four months, the U.S. has decided to lift the electronics ban that affected 325,000 passengers and about 2,000 commercial flights on a daily basis. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security stated that all 10 of the airports in the Middle East and Africa have successfully implemented the enhanced security methods required in order to lift the restriction.
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security confirmed on Thursday that all 10 of the airports in the Middle East and Africa that were under an electronic device ban for four months are now implementing the “enhanced security measures” required in order to lift the restriction.
The ban was also lifted from nine airlines: Emirates, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Royal Jordanian, Kuwait Airways, EgyptAir and Royal Air Maroc. The decision to remove the ban was most likely connected to the recent drop in the number of terror threats.
Senior U.S. officials visited the relevant airports over the past few weeks in order to make sure that the enhanced security measures have been implemented. The measures include increased security near the planes and the passenger areas and additional canine screening for explosive material. The ban affected 325,000 passengers and about 2,000 commercial flights that landed in the U.S. on a daily basis.
With enhanced security measures in place, all restrictions on large PEDs announced in March for 10 airports/9 airlines have been lifted.
— David Lapan (@SpoxDHS) July 19, 2017
In April, the U.S. intelligence community revealed that it believes that ISIS and other terrorist organizations have managed to develop a way to conceal explosive devices that are not detected during routine airport screenings in electronics.