US laptop ban expected to be expanded in Europe


Currently, passengers flying in to the USA from 10 airports fall under the ambit of the ban that was introduced in March.

This surely won't make the United States more inviting. As we know all too well, lithium-ion battery fires are a common thing, and if a laptop was to catch fire while in the cargo hold, no-one would be able to put it out.

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. The wait at baggage claim for the collection of checked laptops is also a "big negative", while handing over devices or using loaners may not be an option for some firms keen to safeguard sensitive information.

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.

Airline executives met with officials from the Department of Homeland Security to discuss the issue on Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Emirates reduced its number of flights to the USA following the ban, which led to a decrease in demand for the routes. "We'll likely expand the restrictions", he said.

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The CBS report cites unnamed sources close to the DHS, who say the ban on larger devices could be expanded to flights departing for the USA from Europe and perhaps the UK.

Alarm bells are already ringing in Europe, however.

"The North Atlantic market is highly competitive, but also highly profitable because of the links between the key financial centers of Europe and NY", he said.

Anna-Kaisa Itkonen, a spokeswoman for the European Commission, said that European officials had sent a letter on Tuesday to their American counterparts.

For now, US officials are remaining tight-lipped on possible changes. The head of the International Air Transport Association, Alexandre de Juniac, told CNNMoney in March that it wasn't an appropriate solution to the threat, would hurt the airlines affected, and should be overturned.

One issue under discussion is how to ensure that lithium batteries in any large collection of devices stored in aircraft holds do not explode in midair, officials told Reuters. Ban USA on the hand electronics in hand Luggage now as for some of the flights from the airports of North Africa and the Middle East.