USA likely to expand airline laptop ban to Europe

Airlines brace for expansion of US laptop ban to European flights

US officials have said the decision in March to bar laptops and tablets from the cabins of some worldwide flights wasn't based on any specific threat but on longstanding concerns about extremists targeting jetliners.

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. However, the largest issue here is making sure that lithium batteries when stored in bulk in airplane holds, do not explode in midair. The communication says that the bloc has had "a long-standing and fruitful cooperation on security" with the US and that the two should act together "to provide a joint response to shared threats", spokeswoman Anna-Kaisa Itkonen said Thursday.

Passengers traveling with affected devices will be required to store them in their checked baggage.

When the Trump administration announced the restrictions on flights from the Middle East in March, officials said they did not signal a credible, specific threat of an imminent attack.

Officials from the Department of Homeland Security were to meet with officials from the airline industry Thursday to discuss the issue.

Homeland Security said in a statement Wednesday that the restriction was under consideration.

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Like, really big: The number of flights from Europe to the USA - more than 350 a day - make it the world's busiest worldwide traffic corridor.

Another government official, also speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the new ban was being considered because the USA government considered immigration policies in Europe to be lax. Cell phones and medical devices are exempt from the ban.

Some airline stocks were lower on Thursday.

"Our interest is to stay informed so that we have a possibility to share. information with our member states", Itkonen said, adding that two European Union commissioners would also take part.

For now, USA officials are remaining tight-lipped on possible changes. Devices with such batteries have started fires aboard aircraft before, but no one would be able to extinguish the flames if a fire were to start in the cargo hold.

Some Middle East airlines complained to the International Civil Aviation Organization that they had been unduly penalized by the original 10-country ban.

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