Trump's laptop ban on European flights is reportedly 'off the table'

Trump's laptop ban on European flights is reportedly 'off the table'

Trump's laptop ban on European flights is reportedly 'off the table'

Such a ban would dwarf in size the laptop ban now in place, which was enacted in March and affects around 50 flights a day from 10 cities - mainly in the Middle East.

The group estimated a $1.1 billion impact on passengers per year due to lost productive time, longer travel time and harm to "passenger well being".

As many as 65million people a year fly between Europe and North America on nearly 400 daily flights, with many of them being business travellers who rely on devices to work during the long-haul flights.

If business travelers ditch flying in favor of Skype or conference calls, airlines could be forced to operate fewer flights.

Lapan said talks would consider the "scale and scope" of what the laptop ban might entail.

The U.S. welcomes more than 14.5 million travelers from Europe each year - that's 40% of all overseas visitors to America, according to research firm Euromonitor.

Alexandre de Juniac, the director general of the International Air Transport Association, also warned about the concentration of lithium battery-powered devices in a letter to the U.S. homeland security secretary, John F. Kelly, and European transport commissioner, Violeta Bulc.

Reuters reported last week that the Trump administration would likely expand a ban on laptops on commercial aircraft to include some European countries but was reviewing how to ensure lithium batteries stored in holds do not explode in midair, citing officials briefed on the matter.

But European aviation safety officials are alarmed at the prospect of large numbers of electronic devices powered by lithium batteries being carried in the holds of passenger aircraft.

U.S. and European Union officials are due to meet later on Wednesday to discuss aviation security, with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security having said an extension of the ban, which now affects flights from the Middle East and north Africa, was likely.

Airline passengers could be facing new restrictions.

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The laptop ban is currently being discussed by aviation authorities in both the US and the E.U. As of right now, they have decided not to proceed with it.

Laptops will not be banned from cabin bags on US-bound flights from Europe, officials have ruled.

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. According to some experts, a bomb in the cabin would be easier to make compared in the cargo.

If it spreads to Europe, "it's simply a matter of time" before laptops are banned in the cabins of domestic USA flights, he said.

A spokesman for Homeland Security said Wednesday no decision was expected this week on expanding the ban.

The initial ban has hit Middle Eastern airlines hardest. Tablets and laptops must be stowed in checked baggage.

"We support [the Transportation Security Administration's] efforts in securing our airways and believe they should take all necessary steps to do so", McCormick said.

De Juniac added that the airline industry recognizes "that the U.S., the United Kingdom and other states have compelling reasons to mandate the implementation of countermeasures in response to credible threat intelligence".

The airline industry opposes the proposal.

Traveling has never been a simple venture for anyone to undertake, but the recent travel ban instituted on large electronics in airline cabins hasn't helped the situation.

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