Homeland Security Working on Alternatives to Banning Laptops

Enhancements in the way airports outside the U.S. conduct screening may be enough to head off a ban on large electronic devices slated to cover broad areas of Europe and other regions, an official said. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is still considering expanding a ban on laptops, tablets and other devices that began March 21, but is in talks with airlines, airports and other nations about steps that can be taken to ensure security, spokesman David Lapan said at a press conference.