USA set to ban laptops on flights from Europe, reports say


The report also said that the ban could impact United Airlines (UAL.N), Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N), and American Airlines Group (AAL.O).

The US Department of Homeland Security sparked deep concern in Europe on Tuesday when it said was close to a decision on extending to European airlines an existing ban on eight mostly Muslim countries.

Back in March, DHS announced a laptop ban on US-bound flights from 10 airports in North Africa and the middle east, and the United Kingdom soon followed suit.

In a letter to John Kelly, Secretary of Homeland Security, and Elaine Chao, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, and seen by Reuters, the European Union executive said it was important that information concerning possible threats involving European Union airports be shared.

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Officials did not say when a new ban might be imposed. No decision is expected to be made during the meeting.

A report by Reuters said that the USA government is reviewing "how to ensure lithium batteries stored in luggage holds do not explode in midair".

Department of Homeland Security officials spoke with airline industry representatives about the electronics ban on Thursday, according to Homeland Security and industry sources. "DHS continues to evaluate the threat environment and will make changes when necessary", the agency said in a statement.

The ban was first implemented in March, and is in place for USA flights departing 10 airports in Muslim-majority countries.

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The restriction was introduced in March over fears that bombs or explosive materials could be concealed on electronic devices brought onboard.

The travel industry is not on board with the ban expansion.

The extension of the ban would aim to address concerns that militants travelling from the Middle East with laptop bombs could connect to a US-bound flight from Europe rather than flying directly, according to an unnamed senior U.S. airline official cited by The Times.

Europe is bracing for major turbulence: An electronics ban on flights to America.

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At London's Heathrow Airport, where 17 percent of all flights to the US originate, is adding an extra layer of security screening for those flights at the gates.