U.S. to Push for Increased Air Security Measures on Laptops, Source Says

US to announce new enhanced aviation security measures -- sources

US to announce new enhanced aviation security measures -- sources

"We send a clear message that inaction is not an option", DHS Secretary John Kelly said in Washington. "We cannot play worldwide whack-a-mole with every new threat".

The measures announced Wednesday by the Department of Homeland Security fall short of a threatened ban on large electronics, but still represent one of the most sweeping security upgrades in the past decade.

Industry and USA officials briefed on the announcement said airports and airlines around the world will be required to implement the measures. Laptops and other devices larger than cell phones will be allowed back on those flights if airlines follow the new rules. Homeland Security says part of the web of threats they've detected involves terrorists hoping to recruit airport and airline "insiders" who would be in a position to do serious damage.

"These measures will be seen and unseen to the traveling public", officials said.

DHS declined to detail exactly what the new security features will be - but said they are "intelligence based and threat driven". The official also described the measures as "intensive".

Commercial flights remain a major target for terrorists, DHS said.

The administration imposed a laptop ban earlier this year on USA -bound flights from 10 airports in the Middle East and Africa, which the DHS said was necessary because terrorists have been pursuing innovative methods to smuggle bombs into commercial flights.

The airline industry is expecting several things, the source said, including requiring better vetting of airline employees, better interviewing of passengers before boarding aircraft, increased use of K9 dogs and explosive trace detection equipment.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Homeland Security Department is set to announce new security measures Wednesday for global flights bound to the United States, which could lead to a lifting of a ban on laptops and other electronics from passenger cabins from certain airports.

Such a laptop ban has been in place at 10 airports in the Middle East and Africa. "Perhaps", the official said.

Officials are operating off a deadline, but did not want to publicly give a precise date - saying they'd rather not give the "bad guys a timeline". He said the United States would boost security to a "much higher level". And they said airlines and airports may institute pre-check programs like those approved by the Transportation Security Administration for use in US airports.

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