U.S. set to ban laptops on flights from Europe, reports say

Alicia Cross
May 20, 2017

A French official who was briefed about Friday's meeting said the Americans announced they wanted to extend the ban, and the Europeans planned to formulate a response in coming days.

U.S. authorities are considering banning carry-on computers on European flights to the United States, widening the security measure introduced for flights from eight countries in March, an official said May 9, 2017.

Nelson adds that regulators in Europe and airline executives say that placing laptops in cargo holds could increase the risk of fire.

The UK and the USA have banned laptops and tablet computers from the passenger compartment of flights from several Middle East and North African nations.

The ban on large electronic devices in airline cabins could expand to flights from the USA to Europe, and travel industry organizations are speaking out on the change. "DHS continues to evaluate the threat environment and will make changes when necessary to keep air travellers safe". The communication says that the bloc has had "a long-standing and fruitful cooperation on security" with the USA and that the two should act together "to provide a joint response to shared threats", spokeswoman Anna-Kaisa Itkonen said Thursday.

They must be placed in checked baggage. Now the ban is possible being extended to Europe, although there has been no official word on the matter.

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Rumours that the US Department for Homeland Security will ban electronic devices from the cabins of aircraft flying from Europe to America have intensified.

The US is reportedly considering expanding its airline laptop and tablet ban to include the United Kingdom and Europe.

It is expected DHS will make an announcement on the ban in the near future, but no date has been set.

The ban was put in place after intelligence agencies reported that the Islamic State (IS) are now thinking of hiding improvised explosives or a small bomb in portable electronic devices. You will have to check them in your cases.

Emirates reduced its number of flights to the US following the ban, which led to a decrease in demand for the routes. The head of the International Air Transport Association, Alexandre de Juniac, told CNNMoney in March that it wasn't an appropriate solution to the threat, would hurt the airlines affected, and should be overturned.

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