Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said that there is not a ban on carry-on luggage “at this time,” but left the door open for a future ban during an interview on Thursday’s broadcast of “The Lead” on CNN.
When asked “do you think that could ever happen in this country, a ban on carry-on luggage?” Johnson responded, well, without a doubt, our counter-terrorism efforts and concerns, continue to focus to a degree on aviation security, which is the reason why we directed certain enhancements at airports overseas in our screening of people before they get on airplanes and we continually evaluate whether more is necessary without unnecessarily burdening the traveling public. I am not at all discouraging people from travelling this holiday season, I think people should continue to do that, and have a happy and safe holiday, but we continue to be vigilant and we continually evaluate whether more is necessary, based on the latest threat streams.”
After anchor Jake Tapper followed-up, querying “but no ban on carry-on luggage yet, but you’re considering everything,” Johnson said “there is no ban on carry-on luggage at this time.”
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