Tags: Al-Qaida | Homeland Security | ISIS/Islamic State | Middle East | Travel | Trump Administration | Trump Refugee Ban | War on Terrorism

DHS Head Kelly: Laptop Ban Came After Test Blew Up Plane

Image: DHS Head Kelly: Laptop Ban Came After Test Blew Up Plane
DHS Secretary John Kelly (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

By    |   Thursday, 20 Jul 2017 05:01 PM

The in-flight ban on laptops and other large electronics from several airports to the United States was rooted in a test that showed an explosive hidden in a laptop could bring down an airplane.

According to NBC News, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly spoke at a security conference in Aspen, Colo., on Wednesday and said the U.S. government conducted tests after a laptop bomb blew a hole in the side of an airplane earlier this year.

"We tested it on a real airplane on the ground, pressurized, and to say the least, it destroyed the airplane," Kelly said.

The ban on laptops and devices such as iPads took effect in March. It was recently lifted after the 10 airports listed in the ban upgraded their security systems so they could detect bombs hidden in the aforementioned devices.

"They'd like to knock down a U.S. airplane in flight on the way to the United States," Kelly said Wednesday, referring to terror groups.

The ban did not apply to electronic devices in the cargo hold of airplanes, because Kelly said it was unlikely someone would be able to remotely detonate a bomb from the cabin.

The Department of Homeland Security worked with foreign countries to help them implement improved systems and procedures that would be better able to detect hidden bombs during airport security screenings.

© 2017 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

 
1Like our page
2Share
Newsfront
The in-flight ban on laptops and other large electronics from several airports to the United States was rooted in a test that showed an explosive hidden in a laptop could bring down an airplane.
terrorism, laptop, security, airplane
224
2017-01-20
Thursday, 20 Jul 2017 05:01 PM
Newsmax Inc.
 

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved