What Enhanced Airport Security Measures Mean for You

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The DHS had banned electronic devices larger than a smartphone in the cabins of airplanes on direct flights to the USA from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) demanded last month that airlines around the world step up security measures for global flights bound for the United States or face the possibility of a total electronics ban for planes.

Worldwide travelers flying to the USA should prepare for longer wait times and more intensive screening, as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rolls out its enhanced security measures this week.

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In fact, he says, homeland security experts here built their own device with explosives hidden inside. "To say the least, it destroyed the airplane".

The U.S. has officially ended the laptop ban.

The threat has eased somewhat, the intelligence official said, in part due to the implementation of enhanced security measures.

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Homeland Security imposed the laptop ban from the Middle East in March and threatened to expand it to more than 280 airports worldwide unless all of them carried out the intensified screenings. USA Today reports that "airlines and security officials are warning about tighter screening that went into effect Wednesday for hundreds of thousands of travelers who fly daily to the US from hundreds of airports".

Those measures include checking electronic devices to make sure they don't contain a bomb, and pulling more people out of airport lines for additional screening.

Officials released a statement to CBS News saying communication between the DHS and Transportation Security Agency led to the increase in airline safety.

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