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ACTE statement regarding end of laptop ban

Late Wednesday evening, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced the end of its ban on laptops on flights originating from the Middle East. Greeley Koch, executive director of the Association of Corporate Travel Executives, has issued the following statement: 

“We are heartened to hear that the Trump administration has finally ended its laptop ban. This is one less burdensome regulation business travelers—and tourists—must grapple with as they plan their future travel. The policy was insufficient as a standalone measure to address very real ongoing security threats, and did not take into account the need for travelers to maintain connectivity and productivity, especially for long intercontinental flights where being off the grid can lead to business interruption.

“We’re happy to see the administration demonstrate flexibility and recognition of the important strides the global airline industry has made towards safer travel. That being said, there remain other travel policies that continue to leave questions unanswered; namely, the immigration ban introduced earlier this year. We’d hope that the Trump administration would seriously reconsider such policies, as well, and focus their resources and efforts on developing enhanced screening techniques and technologies that better serve travelers and provide the comprehensive security we need.”

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