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American Authorities Considering Laptop Ban for US-Bound UK Travelers

American Authorities Considering Laptop Ban for US-Bound UK Travelers
Jackie Reddy

If implemented, the restriction would echo the ban already imposed on passengers from ten Middle Eastern nations.

The Guardian has revealed that the Trump administration is contemplating a laptop ban on US-bound passengers traveling from UK airports. If imposed, this new ban would mean that travelers headed to the US from the United Kingdom would be unable to bring laptops and possibly other electronic devices into the cabin as part of their carry-on luggage. It echoes a similar restriction announced earlier this spring for those flying to America from ten airports across the Middle East and North Africa.

The paper reports that authorities in Britain aren’t certain if these restrictions will be imposed, but an unnamed source has intimated to the outlet that America is considering a ban.

It is not known exactly why American authorities are contemplating these new restrictions, but the Trump administration has expressed its concerns over intelligence findings that indicate that terrorists may attempt to hide explosives in smaller electronic devices.

Speaking for the Department of Homeland Security, Gillian Christensen was quoted by the paper as saying “We’ve said we will continue to evaluate the threat environment and make determinations based on that assessment, but we have not made any decisions on expanding the current restrictions against large electronic devices in aircraft cabins from selected airports.”

In a separate move, the UK has already issued its own ban on electronic devices from six countries, including Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Turkey.

However, these bans have been met with widespread criticism by professionals within the technology sector. Nicholas Weaver, a researcher at the International Computer Science Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, was quoted by the paper last month as saying that the perceived level of threat, “doesn’t match a conventional threat model. If you assume the attacker is interested in turning a laptop into a bomb, it would work just as well in the cargo hold.”

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View Comments (4)


  1. AllieKat

    April 25, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    First they came for the…

  2. Worcester

    April 26, 2017 at 1:31 am

    Surly electronics are potentially used by terrorists as they are convenient, if not convenient terrorists will simply use the next best thing that comes to hand.

  3. rjlon

    April 27, 2017 at 3:20 am

    The Guardian is hardly a reputable source of information. The paper campaigned for Clinton and has opposed everything the Trump administration has done. It has a strong record of anti Americanism and pursues a Fortress Europe editorial policy. If I were to read this in a quality paper, then I would give it some credence.

  4. kulflyer

    April 28, 2017 at 8:20 am

    The Times –

    Incidentally a number of other news outlets are quoting The Times as well. The lack of verification by the outlets is quite off putting really.

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