- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 13, 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) - The head of the Homeland Security is hinting that an expected expansion of an airplane laptop and electronics ban may not be necessary right now.

Secretary John Kelly isn’t ruling out an expansion from 10 airports mostly in the Middle East and Africa, but he says he has a “fair amount of confidence” that aviation security can be raised enough to limit or eliminate some inconveniences for travelers.

Kelly was speaking at the International Summit on Borders in Washington.

His agency first banned laptops and other large electronics from the cabins of flights headed to the United States from 10 cities in March amid concerns about an undisclosed threat described only as sophisticated and ongoing.

Airlines and others in the aviation industry balked at the possible expansion.



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