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No Announcement Friday On Laptop Ban Expansion

19 May 2017

The U.S.is a major destination for Europe-originated flights, with more than 10 million travelers flying there each year from destinations across the continent.

A Department of Homeland Security spokesman told Quartz that a final decision on whether to extend the ban to Europe has not been made.

IATA and other industry players have criticised the ban, questioning its effectiveness and calling the rule unacceptable.

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Earlier this year on March 21, the USA had prohibited travelers from carrying electronic devices bigger than the smartphone into the cabins of flights taking-off from eight countries. Of these, three were in laptops and two in tablets. Or will all passengers be double-checked the gate? If such a fire happens in the cabin, the crew can react quickly and put it out. What's to stop rigging a laptop bomb to explode mid flight anyway?

The FAA stressed that the 33 incidents are only ones that they are aware of. It said that carrying a large number of lithium batteries in the cargo compartment increases the risk of an accidental fire. "We understand that there's a meeting in Washington with airlines on this topic today, so we should know more after that".

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"No ban on electronic devices or any other decision has been announced", she said. Passengers on those flights are now required to carry anything bigger than a smartphone in checked baggage.

In a letter to John Kelly, Secretary of Homeland Security, and Elaine Chao, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, and seen by Reuters, the European Union executive said it was important that information concerning possible threats involving European Union airports be shared.

Such a ban would remove some of the inconsistencies in the present prohibition, which applies to flights from eight Middle East and North African countries, unless they stop somewhere else en route. Bomb makers had managed to insert into batteries an explosive device powerful enough to bring down an airplane.

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No Announcement Friday On Laptop Ban Expansion