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The US Department of Homeland Security's controversial "laptop ban" on US-bound flights from ten Muslim-majority countries has been terminated.

As of Thursday, all 180 USA and foreign airlines and 280 foreign airports have met the "first phase" of the expanded security rules, the department said.

Restrictions are no longer in effect for the last of 10 airports with USA bound flights that had a ban on electronic devices.

Kelly said the newly announced policy requiring airports to adopt tougher security rules to avoid a ban on electronic devices in the cabin was not a compromise between security and convenience.

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Asked about the initiative while touring a U.S. Coast Guard vessel in Southern California, Kelly said he believes those who help human traffickers - including parents who pay for their children to be brought to the U.S. illegally - should be arrested and prosecuted. "To say the least, it destroyed the airplane".

Later, Kelly said his Department wished to see more sniffer dogs at airports, and will be introducing a requirement for advanced biometric passports to be compulsory for flights coming into the US.

The 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa have implemented enhanced security measures required by the USA since the ban in March.

"The quick and decisive action taken by airlines, nations, and stakeholders are a testament to our shared commitment to raising the bar on global aviation security". But Patricia Rojas-Ungar is with the U.S. Travel Association. And Secretary Kelly says terror organizations will continue to try to beat any new security measures that are put in place.

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