No US-EU in-flight laptop ban, for now

No US-EU in-flight laptop ban, for now

European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, Dimitris Avramopoulos, and European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulc, hosted a delegation from the United States in Brussels, led by Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke.

Officials from the US and the European Union are scheduled to meet this week to talk about plans to expand a USA ban on laptops and tablets to include flights from Europe.

The moves come ahead of a planned meeting this week in Brussels between U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials and their opposite numbers at the European Commission.

They discussed "existing aviation security standards and detection capabilities" as well as security improvements "related to large electronic devices placed in checked baggage", it added.

In April, we first reported that United States intelligence and law enforcement agencies believed that ISIS and other terrorist organizations had developed new ways to place explosives in laptops and other electronic devices to evade airport security screening methods.

A United States ban on now ubiquitous laptops could cause havoc, with more than 3,250 flights a week scheduled to leave European Union airports for the USA this summer, according to industry data.

For days now, European Union officials have been hoping for details on the threat that prompted the proposed ban - the same details that U.S. President Donald Trump discussed with Russian diplomats at the White House last week.

Others worry it could be a safety risk.

A spokesman for Airlines for Europe, the representative body for 22 major carriers, said: "We just know that there will further talks next week".The tiny handful of people that still like the idea of going to America are in luck, as usa and European officials have negotiated a way to stop us from being banned from taking anything larger than a smartphone into aeroplane cabins. Numerous passengers are business travellers who rely on their computers to work during flights.

Discussions over keeping laptops and large electronics out of more US-bound flight cabins ended yesterday without an agreement to widen the ban.

The Trump administration imposed the initial ban in March and Britain swiftly followed, imposing restrictions on a slightly different set of routes.

Airlines had criticised the ban, warning it would cause a severe downturn in the aviation industry and cost travellers more than a billion dollars in lost time.

Specifically, IATA says a laptop ban on transatlantic flights would cost $655 million USA a year in loss of productive time, $216 million in travel delays at airports and $195 million in reduced well-being.

"Secretary Kelly has made no decision on expanding the restriction on large electronic devices in aircraft cabins, but the decision is now under consideration", the senior official said.

The new laptop ban would work like the current one from the Middle East, except that it would affect all flights from Europe to the U.S.

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