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DHS will announce new security guidelines for direct international flights to the US


The Department of Homeland Security will be announcing new security guidelines for direct international flights to the U.S.

Officials briefed on the situation said airports around the world will need to implement the new guidelines or their passengers might not be allowed to have laptops or other larger electronics with them in the cabin.

Many details of the policy will not be public for security reasons, but a source told CNN that some of the changes that can be expected are better vetting of airline employees passengers, as well as more K9 dogs to trace explosives.

The new policy must be followed to avoid a laptop ban, and though DHS does not have authority over foreign airports, it does over flights headed to the U.S. directly.

The laptop ban has already been implemented in 10 airports in the Middle East and Africa, but that could change with the new policy.

There is no timeline for when the new policy could go into affect.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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