Lots of news over the past 48 hours regarding rules and regs for accessing the United States. Let’s take a look at a couple of the biggest changes:
Muslim Ban in Effect
Starting at 8 pm tonight, travelers from several countries will be prohibited from entering the US. According to the Supreme Court, visitors from six countries will only be allowed into the country with a “credible claim of a bona fide relationship” with someone or something in the country. In other words, a visiting professor should be able to get in, while a tourist likely will not. It’s not an outright ban, but I’m glad that I’m not the official who has to decide what a “bona fide relationship” is, as the ruling, at least from my non-lawyer point of view, appears to be vague and remains a compromise for the two wings of the court. Per CNN:
SCOTUS has agreed to take up the case in the fall and will give a full ruling then.
The Laptop Ban Is Dead (for Now)
Both airlines and passengers breathed a sigh of relief as the Department of Homeland Security announced additional “security measures” for larger electronic devices, but no ban on these devices for international flights. Instead, airlines are responsible for enhancing their explosives detection at security, whatever that means. On the plus side, for countries that are currently facing an iPad/laptop ban, it will be dropped if they meet whatever requirements are directed.
I really hope that, if laptops or other electronics are a potential danger, there is more to the plan than extra-special security.
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