Security officials considering extended laptop ban on planes

- Tightened security measures are coming to U.S. airports and laptop computers may be the next target.

During an interview on Fox News Sunday, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said they're considering a ban on laptops from passenger cabins of international flights to and from the United States.

"There's a real threat,” said Kelly. “That's really the thing that they're obsessed with, the terrorists, the idea of knocking down an airplane in flight, particularly if it's a U.S. carrier, particularly if it's full of mostly U.S. folks."

Secretary Kelly has already limited laptops in airplane cabins, instituting a ban on flights from ten cities, mostly in the Middle East.

But when you ask air travelers at MSP if they would support an expanded ban, the answer isn't so simple.

"I think it's a bit ridiculous,” said James Kantak, a traveler. “They're going to be screened anyway. It's a computer, you can easily see that."

“In theory that's a scary premise,” said Jonathan Tsucalas. “But again, with our government we need to decide what sort of security we're believing and which we're not."

While Secretary Kelly did not disclose whether they've received any specific threats, he called the risk "real and sophisticated."

"We still follow the intelligence,” said Kelly. “The very, very good news again is that we are working incredibly close with friends and partners around the world.  We are going to -- and in the process of defining this -- but we are going to raise the bar for, generally speaking, aviation security much higher than it is now."

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