European Union alarmed by U.S. laptop plans

European Union alarmed by U.S. laptop plans

European Union alarmed by U.S. laptop plans

A French official who was briefed about the talks said the Americans announced they wanted to extend the current ban, and the Europeans planned to formulate a response in coming days, according to the Associated Press.

Chief among the concerns are whether any new threat prompted the proposal and the relative safety of keeping in the cargo area a large number of electronics with lithium batteries, which have been known to catch fire.

The US announced laptop restrictions on flights originating from 10 airports including in the UAE, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar in March, because of fears that a concealed bomb could be installed in electronic devices taken onto aircraft.

The original electronics ban was implemented in March, and required passengers from several countries in the Middle East and Africa to check and stow laptops, e-readers, cameras and other large portable devices with their baggage before passing through security at certain airports.

DHS has yet to confirm that the ban will be extended, but said it continues to "evaluate the threat environment".

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. Under the new administration, arrivals to the US are forecast to drop slightly to 84.2 million for the period.

"The responses of Canada, the European Union and Australia to the same [security] intelligence demonstrate that a ban on large electronic devices in the cabin is not the only way forward", said IATA's CEO Alexandre de Juniac in a statement on Thursday.

What we're talking about is the ban on electronic devices being used in commercial airline cabins.

"We're trying to make sure that there is good coordination involving airports and airlines", said Robert O'Meara, a spokesman for ACI Europe. "We'll likely expand the restrictions", he told the New York Times. You will have to check them in your cases.

British Airways referred calls to the U.K. Department for Transport, which said it doesn't discuss security measures or comment on speculation.

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

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