The United States Government has recently announced that they will likely expand their previously mandated airline laptop ban to Europe.
The said laptop ban was supposed to be for some parts in the Middle East only.
Laptop BanTo Extend To Europe
Yet now, reports have claimed that the Trump administration is likely going to consider expanding the laptop ban. This will take effect on commercial flights that would include some countries in Europe. However this is still under review.
If the ban extension will be approved, it can affect certain U.S. carriers like Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and American Airlines Group. According to the Financial Times, six U.S. and Europeans officials claim that the ban extension is already a lock.
They also claim that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be making the official announcement anytime soon. However they did not disclose any specific date.
As a recall, in March this year, the U.S. has officially mandated multiple laptop restrictions on flights that came from10 foreign airports. These airports are originating in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey. This is due to alerting information that a bomb could be installed in electronic devices, most commonly a laptop.
Britain immediately took the same route, implementing restrictions on a slightly different set rules. Some Officials from Europe have claimed that the said expanded ban could potentially affect flights from Britain to the U.S.
No Confirmations Just Yet
DHS spokesman Dave Lapan said that DHS Secretary John Kelly has not made a decision just yet. But the Department will continue to assess the threat. They are also already conducting multiple meetings with airline representatives and other stakeholders about the issue.
Issue that have been discussed would include how to guarantee that lithium batteries in a large scale of devices will not explode in midair. Other topics have also been discussed.
European regulators have also been warned. The warning is about positioning the electronic devices in long-haul flights. They believe that it could compromise safety by increasing the cause of fire when lithium-ion batteries are poorly deactivated.
Among the mentioned topics, other issues that need to be answered would include how to inform the passengers about the ban, and how to make them understand without any misunderstandings. This would include stopping passengers bound for the U.S. for an immediate inspection before entering the aircraft.
Until now, the DHS are still assessing the matter. More updates will be coming soon.