Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

USA likely to expand laptop ban to flights from Europe

USA likely to expand laptop ban to flights from Europe

The US is expected to announce a ban on the use of laptops and other electronics aboard flights from certain European countries.

The afternoon meeting included high level executives from Delta Air Lines Inc, United Airlines Inc, American Airlines Group Inc and trade group Airlines for America, the sources said.

Now CBS News claims the Department of Homeland Security in the USA is looking at extending the ban to flights from Europe, possibly including the UK.

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.

"Why did the USA and the United Kingdom target different countries for the initial ban, and why didn't other countries follow suit?" asked Koch.

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

Commenting on these tests, the Federation of Airline Pilots' Associations, IFALPA, representing airline pilots worldwide, said, "In fact, the fire proceeded is if the halon were not present".

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According to Reuters , the U.S. government is reviewing how to make sure lithium batteries that get stored in the luggage don't explode during flights.

The ban was first implemented in March, and is in place for United States flights departing 10 airports in Muslim-majority countries. Carriers impacted by the existing ban have reported a slide in US load factors as some travelers take alternative routes, though that will become less of an option in the event of expanded curbs.

Some Middle East airlines complained to the International Civil Aviation Organization that they had been unduly penalized by the original 10-country ban.

The Trump administration has said the original ban was necessary because intelligence suggests terrorists are now able to hide explosives in laptops and other devices.

USA airlines say they still hope to have a say in how the policy is put into effect at airports to minimize inconvenience to passengers.

Extending the restrictions to Europe would have a much larger impact on the industry than the ban in the Middle East.

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