Air travel

Court rules against warrantless searches of international travelers' devices

Airplane at a terminal.
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in Los Angeles. Photo: DANIEL SLIM/AFP via Getty Images

A federal judge in Boston ruled Tuesday that warrantless government searches of international travelers' phones and laptops at airports and other U.S. ports of entry are unconstitutional.

Why it matters: The ruling enhances the Fourth Amendment protections of international travelers who enter the country, said Esha Bhandari, an attorney with the the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed the lawsuit along with the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

U.S. to block all flights to Cuba outside Havana

In this image, a man holds a small Cuban flag
A Cuba delegate holds his national flag at the XVIII Pan American Games in July 2019. Photo: Reuters/Henry Romero

The Trump administration will suspend all flights to Cuba outside of Havana beginning in December, AP reports, doubling down on travel restrictions to the island.

The big picture: The U.S. aims to prevent tourism to Cuba and restrict the island's income so it may rescind support for Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, per AP, and afford "more human rights to Cuban citizens."