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US Emboldens Laptop Ban With New Security Measures

US authorities are said to be planning to ramp up international security even further, with reports that the “Laptop Ban” will now be supported with a range of new security measures.

“We are not standing on the sidelines as fanatics hatch new plots,”Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said in a speech to the Center for a New American Security in Washington.

Airports who implement the new measures will have the “laptop ban” lifted.

The new measures will include swabbing more devices for traces of explosives, deploying more bomb-sniffing dogs and improved security screening for airport and airline employees.

As reported by the Sydney Morning Herald, Kelly previously indicated to Congress that the original ban could be expanded to US-bound flights from 71 European, African and Middle-Eastern countries.

In the US, the “laptop ban” affects direct inbound flights on some airlines from eight Muslim-majority nations, with any electronic devices larger than a smartphone (excluding medical devices) banned from being carried on board. All such devices need to be checked into luggage, or not taken at all.

The move comes following reports that the Australian government might look to shore up its own procedures with a similar ban.