Laptops may not be able to go everywhere after a new plan by Secretary of Homeland Security, John Kelly.
On Sunday, Kelly had an interview with Fox News in which he said that he plans on implementing new rules that would ‘raise the bar’ on security on airplanes.
This new rule is a part of a plan to deter acts of terrorism. One of people’s biggest fears is that an act of terrorism will end up “knocking down an air plane in flight.”
Barring laptops from joining passengers inside the cabin will be part of a move to combate what Kelly says is “a real sophisticated threat.” The ban is imminent, but no exact timing has been made regarding the implementation.
Transport Security Administration Agents (TSA) will be screening carry-on items in a much more secure way after the start of the new rules.
With this, there may also be a bigger limit on the size of the carry-on items, which, as well as inconveniencing the passengers, may end up costing them more.
“We are still following the intelligence,” he said, “and are in the process of defining this, but we’re going to raise the bar generally speaking for aviation much higher than it is now.”
Among the enhanced measures will likely be tighter screening of carry-on items to allow Transport Security Administration (TSA) agents to discern problematic items in tightly stuffed bags.
The reason, Kelly said, is that in order to avoid paying a fees for checking bags, people are stuffing them to the point where it is difficult to see through the clutter. “The more stuff is in there, the less the TSA professionals that are looking at what’s in those bags through the monitors can tell what’s in them.”