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Laptop ban prompted after explosive test destroyed airplane, DHS chief says

Laptop ban prompted after explosive test destroyed airplane, DHS chief says

Laptop ban prompted after explosive test destroyed airplane, DHS chief says

In March, the U.S. imposed a restriction on all electronic devices larger than a smartphone in passenger cabins of flights from eight Middle Eastern and African countries.

The Trump administration enacted the ban in March, citing concerns that terrorists could use portable electronic devices to set off bombs during flights.

In March, the United States placed a ban on all electronics bigger than a smartphone on incoming flights to the US from nine airlines: Egypt Air, Turkish Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Saudia Airlines, and Royal Jordanian Airlines, which operated from 10 airports.

A USA intelligence official tells CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton that the ban was prompted by strong, credible intelligence about a possible plot to use explosives hidden in a laptop to try to bring down a commercial airliner.

The toughened security measures include checking electronic devices for possible explosives and pulling more people out of airport security lines for more extensive screening.

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"We tested it on a real airplane on the ground, pressurized, and to say the least, it destroyed the airplane", Kelly said.

Officials at Homeland Security have said they want to improve the overall level of aviation security around the globe.

The ban included 10 airports in North African and Middle Eastern countries.

A DHS official tells CBS News transportation correspondent Kris Van Cleave that the department will continue to make security improvements as threats change and new dangers emerge. The agency announced that the countries where the airports are located were complying with tightened security measures and anyone flying to the USA can now bring a computer onto the plane.

Last week, the USA government revised its security directive, which also include additional requirements that must be met within 120 days.

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