US announces more screening to limit laptop ban on flights

A woman travelling to the United States through Amman opens her laptop before checking in at Beirut international airport.
A woman travelling to the United States through Amman opens her laptop before checking in at Beirut international airport. PHOTO: AFP

The United States has unveiled enhanced security measures for flights to the country designed to prevent having to expand an in-cabin ban on laptop computers.

The measures, which European and US officials said would begin taking effect within three weeks, include enhanced passenger screening, heightened screening of electronic devices for explosives and the expanded use of sniffer dogs.

But there are concerns that the increased screening will lead to additional delays for passengers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 30, 2017, with the headline 'US announces more screening to limit laptop ban on flights'. Print Edition | Subscribe