U.S. laptop ban could be extended to flights from UK

Violet Tucker
May 20, 2017

"The Commission is keen to work closely with all global partners - including the USA authorities - on identifying developing threats in aviation and the best ways to address them together", said European Commission spokeswoman Anna-Kaisa Itkonen.

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is "likely" to include the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe in its ban on carrying larger electronic devices, such as laptops, in cabin luggage, a spokesman said.

Such a ban would remove some of the inconsistencies in the present prohibition, which applies to flights from eight Middle East and North African countries, unless they stop somewhere else en route.

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Almost two months after it first enacted the contentious laptop ban aboard flights from the Middle East, the US Department of Homeland Security or DHS is now expected to expand the restriction to other countries. Here in the US, deliberations are ongoing, but a decision could come any day.

The Financial Times reports that the Department of Homeland Security will continue to evaluate the threat environment but has "not made any decisions on expanding the current restrictions".

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On Thursday, Olivier Jankovec, the director-general of the ACI Europe airport trade association said it was worrying that there appeared to be little coordination between the European Union and the United States. DHS said the move was necessary due to terrorist threats aimed at commercial aviation.

The U.S. laptop ban and on other electronic devices larger than cell phones has affected direct flights to the United States by Royal Jordanian Airlines RJAL.AM, Egypt Air, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad Airways.

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

Roughly 40% of overseas travelers to the USA come from Europe, crossing the Atlantic on more than 350 flights a day.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) had no comment.

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