Airlines that will not comply with a new US decision to beef up security on international flights to the United States
Airlines that will not comply with a new US decision to beef up security on international flights to the United States may become vulnerable to revoking airline licenses, a senior US Department of Homeland Security official said.
The official said the US government would not fund the new security measures announced Wednesday by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, which means that the costs will fall on airlines, airports and countries where they are located.
He added that airlines that do not comply with the rules of the new Homeland Security Department may become subject to a fine or limit access to the airspace of the US, and may withdraw US authorities permission to operate flights to the country fully.
The new security measures are aimed at preventing the expansion of the ban on carrying laptops and other large electronic devices in aircraft cabins.
US and European airlines fear the expansion of the ban could cause major logistical problems and restrict travel.
The United States announced in March the ban on carrying laptops inside the cabin on planes coming from 10 airports in eight countries, including Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Turkey.
The official said on Thursday that the new security resolution was not a response to a specific threat, but was based on the same intelligence that prompted the authorities to ban the electronic devices.
The new procedures allow airlines to exit the list if they meet new security requirements.
Quoting "Sky News Arabia"