USA to ban carry-on laptops on most global flights

Posted May 13, 2017

Meanwhile, in other news, the Department of Homeland Security is expected to announce tomorrow that it will ban all laptops and other large devices (like tablets) from being held in the cabin on flights originating in Europe.

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

A French official with direct knowledge about Friday's meeting said France planned to push back against the measure, saying there was no information to suggest a significant increase in the terror threat. "When there are changes, we'll announce that". The official said the primary questions revolved around when and how - and not whether - the ban would be imposed.

Airline and travel-industry groups are concerned over a plan being considered by USA security authorities to bar passengers from carrying their laptop computers into the cabin on flights from Europe.

"No final decisions have been made on expanding the restriction on large electronic devices in aircraft cabins; however, it is under consideration", a DHS spokesperson said in a statement.

Lapan said the agency said would also "make changes when necessary" to ensure air traveler safety.

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In the United States, a Capitol Hill source and a Homeland Security source told CNN on Thursday that it was increasingly likely the ban would be expanded soon.

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

The restriction was introduced in March over fears that bombs or explosive materials could be concealed on electronic devices brought onboard. Passengers who agree to be screened for terrorist ties now get expedited screening at USA airports, but the program isn't recognized by airport security workers in other countries. "Because they're doing business, but also because there's some sensitive data on their computers and they want to be able to have their computers close". Shortly after the USA announced its first ban, United Kingdom authorities followed with a similar ban.

The European Union has not yet received a response from Washington to its request, the source said.

Neither the DHS nor the Transportation Security Administration would confirm the report.

Laptops and tablets would need to be checked-in ahead of flights and stored in the cargo hold.