Mexico announces new laptop, tablet security on flights to U.S.

A passengers with a laptop computer is screened in the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) passenger screening area at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. PHOTO: EPA/ERIK S. LESSER

Laptops and tablets on U.S.-bound flights from Mexico will be subjected to heightened carry-on security measures beginning Wednesday July 19 at the request of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Mexican authorities announced.

Mexico’s Transportation Department said in a statement that the measures apply to “electronics larger than a cellphone,” the Associated Press reported.

A passenger with a laptop computer is screened in the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) passenger screening area at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. PHOTO: EPA/ERIK S. LESSER


The department recommended that passengers travel with as few of those devices as possible in carry-on bags. It did not give details on the checks other to say they will take place separately from baggage, without cases or covers.

In March, U.S. authorities banned cabin electronics on departing flights from 10 airports in the Middle East over concerns extremists could hide bombs inside of laptops.

Source: apnews.com



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