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No laptop ban extension on Europe-US flights - for now

18 May 2017

Flights from Europe carried 31 million passengers to the us a year ago. European Union officials have also asked the United States to share its intelligence, saying they don't see evidence for restrictions.

David Lapan, a spokesman for DHS, said in an email that "as no decision has been made, it is premature to discuss what additional restrictions might, or might not, be". The officials were gathering "to carry out a threat assessment and work out how to address any threats".

Here's why they're anxious: The route between Europe and the the busiest global corridor in the world.

Trump claimed on Twitter that he had the "absolute right" to share information about "terrorism and airline flight safety".

"We do not claim to be genius", he said, "but we claim to be the specialist of transporting people and goods".

The Trump administration has released few specific details on the in-cabin restrictions or why they exist since it imposed them in March.

The BBC now reports that the ban will not be extended.

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The restrictions could also make trips to the US less appealing for tourists and more hard for families traveling with kids.

The broad topic of a bomb threat was less sensitive than the specific intelligence, which contained information from its context that could jeopardize the intelligence-gathering abilities of the USA ally. And one White House official alerted the head of the NSA and CIA to warn them that the intelligence had been disclosed.

Officials from across Europe and America will discuss widening the controversial laptop ban, today.

This prospect, and the possibility of summer airport havoc, mobilised airlines last week to try to minimise the impact of any broader ban.It also prompted European Union officials to invite their U.S. counterparts to Brussels this week for a meeting about the underlying security threat of laptop-borne explosives being used by the Trump administration and others to justify it. EU officials told US.

At the Delta area of the Cincinnati airport, a sign warned passengers that beginning Friday on flights returning to the US any electronic devices other than a cellphone would have to be placed in checked baggage.

Nevertheless, the laptop ban is finding increasing support around the globe, with the Australian prime minister considering a laptop ban on certain worldwide flights, according to the Telegraph.

Some worry an expansion of the ban could lead to a reduction in travel to the United States from Europe and cause frustrations for travelers.

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In breaking down the IATA's $1.1 billion cost to passengers, de Juniac said in a letter dated Tuesday that "loss of productive time of business passengers" would cost $655 million, "harm to passenger well-being" would cost $195 million, and loss of time due to longer travel times would amount to an extra $216 million in costs.

The airline industry opposes the proposal.

The five airports with the largest number of U.S. weekly flights are: London-Heathrow (761 flights), Paris-Charles de Gaulle (353 flights), Frankfurt (291 flights), Amsterdam-Schiphol (242 flights) and Dublin (179 flights), according to the Brussels-based industry group, Airports Council International.

We propose that meetings are held as a matter of urgency, both at political and technical level, to jointly assess the risk and review possible common measures.

De Juniac asked a series of questions he said "underpin" confidence in the industry's security measures.

Deploying extra staff would take time because they would need to be trained and get security clearance. At present they are not affected, because only Middle Eastern and North African airlines fly the specified routes. Emirates, the Middle East's largest airline, this month cited the ban as one of the reasons for an 80 percent drop in profits past year. "We are concerned about the consequences that such a ban would have on demand for transatlantic air travel - and ultimately connectivity between Europe and the U.S". Ken Guggenheim contributed from Washington.

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No laptop ban extension on Europe-US flights - for now