Europe fears expansion of inflight laptop ban

Report DHS to expand laptop restrictions for U.S.-bound flights

Report DHS to expand laptop restrictions for U.S.-bound flights

The Trump administration is likely to extend the ban already applicable to flights originating from 10 specific airports in the Middle East, north Africa and Turkey because of fears that a concealed bomb could be installed in electronic devices taken onto an aircraft, officials said. Laptops and tablets denied access to the cabin and added to checked baggage means that devices with a history of lithium-ion battery fires could set off a deadly conflagration in a cargo hold - where no one can put out the fires.

The move would extend a current ban on such devices on flights to the US from 10 airports in North Africa and the Middle East. Authorities reportedly would institute the ban because of concerns that a bomb or explosive device could be concealed in a laptop.

In March, DHS implemented a ban on flights to the US from 10 airports in eight countries in the Middle East and Africa. "DHS continues to evaluate the threat environment and will make changes when necessary", the agency said in a statement.

Another government official, also speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the new ban was being considered because the US government considered immigration policies in Europe to be lax. Government officials have been meeting with USA airlines on a almost weekly basis and intend to do so again later this week.

DHS spokesman David Lapan confirmed the talks but said no announcement was planned on whether the United States government would expand the ban.

What's more, if the ban were to be extended, it's going to be a logistical nightmare for airlines operating between Europe and the United States who likely will have to extend their pre-flight screening process.

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Writing in the Daily Beast, Clive Irving said that an announcement from Washington is expected on Thursday. Officials are coordinating with the Federal Aviation Administration to provide carriers with a bulletin on the proper handling of batteries, DHS spokeswoman Jenny Burke said last month.

The move prompted the U.S. out of fears that a bomb could be concealed in electronic devices.

This surely won't make the USA more inviting.

You know, like they usually do.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) had no comment. Officials say the danger still exists if terrorists travel through Europe to get around the current electronic ban on direct flights from the eight nations.

Like, really big: The number of flights from Europe to the US - more than 350 a day - make it the world's busiest global traffic corridor.

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