Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly met with the Transportation Security Administration (staff to Ronald Reagan Washington National airport on Friday, a passenger-screening prior to the Memorial Day weekend –this is how the TSA’s new security testing measures for hand Luggage.
The TSA Wednesday to expand the introduction of new screening protocols for carry-on bags in over a dozen US airports, and possibly to other airports nationwide.
The program requires travelers to the electronics larger than a cell phone in a separate compartment of the X-ray screening. According to the TSA officials at the security checks also advise travellers can carry to other place-on items in separate containers.
“TSA’s top priority is the protection of the traveling public, and every policy and security procedure is designed to combat threats to the passengers and for the aviation, we know that our adversaries continue to target,” a TSA official told Fox News.
American Transport, particularly air travel system, was a top target for terrorists since 9/11, and as part of the TSA Anti-terrorism efforts, the Agency’s security screening provides a method to “one-upmanship” of the “evolving threats.”
“I am very confident that we will do a very effective job to protect, that is to say, it is a constant threat, and we must be vigilante,” Kelly said on Friday. “We are striving to raise the bar in the field of flight safety.”
Kelly said DHS is working with partners, airlines and our colleagues around the world consider to ban the expansion of the electronics.
Kelly’s meeting with TSA officials on Friday to consider how the Department of Homeland Security is to continue to expand if the electronics ban implemented in March.
The initial ban of certain electronic devices on U.S. flights to and from 13 international airports was due to reports of increased terrorist threats, which suggested that Al-Qaeda and other groups were witnesses to the search, to smuggle explosive materials on Board the flight. The ban has also been witness to renewed post-9/11 rules for liquids in flight.
“The implementation of additional security measures increases our ability to mitigate any further attempts against the overseas aviation industry,” DHS said on its website.
According to DHS, the airports of the initial ban affected: Jordan, the Queen Alia International Airport, Cairo International airport, Ataturk International Airport, Saudi Arabia, tribe of Abdul-Aziz International Airport, Morocco-Mohammed V Airport, Qatar, Hamad International Airport, Dubai International Airport, Abu Dhabi International airport.
U.S. officials have said that airlines “be ready” for an expanded ban on hand Luggage, electronic devices are allowed on the plane, but an official policy change, has not yet been announced.
“We are told to make a decision, when the time is right,” Kelly.
Fox News’ Jake Gibson contributed to this report.
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