Donald Trump’s laptop ban shifts from airports to airlines
Donald Trump eating McDonald's fast food aboard his private jet (screengrab from the president's Instagram account)

The Department of Homeland Security is replacing the Trump administration ban on laptops from certain airports with a policy that would allow laptop bans by airline, regardless of airport.


DHS Secretary John Kelly made the announcement, but offered few details on the major shift in air travel policy.

"U.S. officials are requiring enhanced screening of personal electronic devices, passengers and explosive detection for the roughly 2,000 commercial flights arriving daily in the United States from 280 airports in 105 countries," Reuters reported. "European and U.S. officials told Reuters that airlines have 21 days to put in place increased explosive screening and have 120 days to comply with other security measures, including enhanced screening of airline passengers."

The new requirements will affect 180 airline companies.

President Donald Trump owned Trump Shuttle, Inc. and operated Trump Airlines from 1989 to 1992. The airline never turned a profit and eventually defaulted on loans from a syndicate of 22 banks, lead by Citicorp.

"DHS did not give specifics on what the new measures would include but said that passengers could expect to experience enhanced screening and extra security measures put in place like additional K9 teams and new screening technology," CBS News reported.

The original laptop ban applied to nine airlines flying out of the following ten airports in the Middle East and Northern Africa:

Jordan’s Queen Alia International

Egypt’s Cairo International

Turkey’s Istanbul Ataturk

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdulaziz International

Saudi Arabia’s King Khalid International

Kuwait International

Qatar’s Doha International

Morocco’s Mohammed V Airport

Dubai International

Abu Dabi International

"The nine impacted airlines are Royal Jordanian, EgyptAir, Turkish Airlines, Saudia, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Ethiad Airways," TechCrunch reported. "In total, these airlines operate about 50 direct flights to the U.S. every day."