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USA airplane laptop ban could be extended to Europe

19 May 2017

The US authorities are set to ban laptops from carry-on baggage on all flights from Europe and the United Kingdom, with an announcement expected as early as today, according to reports.

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.

Rumors have been swirling that DHS plans on expanding the ban on laptops, tablets and other large electronics on USA -bound flights; it now applies to some Middle Eastern and North African airports.

A DHS spokesman added Tuesday that a wider rollout of the restrictions was being considered, but that a decision hadn't been made.

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While the ban is highly anticipated, Reuters reports that usa officials are reviewing how to ensure that lithium batteries stored in luggage holds do not catch fire or explode in mid-air.

Officials from France, Britain, Germany, Spain and Italy took part in the conference call Friday with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The move, which would impact routes that carry as many as 65 million people a year on over 400 daily flights, would expand a ban already in place for planes flying out of eight Middle Easte and African countries.

While several sources claim that the expansion of the large electronics ban is coming, there has been no official word on the change.

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Earlier this year on March 21, the U.S. had prohibited travelers from carrying electronic devices bigger than the smartphone into the cabins of flights taking-off from eight countries.

The injunction was issued after USA intelligence officials allegedly discovered terrorist organisations, namely Islamic State, were developing a bomb that could be hidden in portable electronic devices.

Affected airlines included Royal Jordanian Airlines, Egypt Air, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad Airways.

The discussion, the latest in a series of meetings that have been held, will include domestic and worldwide airline industry officials, an airline industry source said. In March, the United Kingdom also banned electronics on some flights from the Middle East.

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USA airplane laptop ban could be extended to Europe