Officials Consider Expanding Laptop Ban to European Flights to U.S.

By Paul Riegler on 10 May 2017
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is reportedly considering expanding its current laptop and large electronic device ban from a limited number of airlines and certain flights from the Middle East to include all U.S.-bound flights from Europe and the United Kingdom.

According to multiple media reports, officials at the agency are in discussions with U.S. airlines over the issue and a decision could come in the next few weeks.

“We have not made any decisions on expanding the electronics ban,” the Transportation Security Administration said in a statement. “However, we are continuously assessing security directives based on intelligence and will make changes when necessary to keep travelers safe.”

The original ban, which went into effect in March, prohibits passengers from bringing electronic devices larger than a cellphone into the cabin. This included laptops, tablets, digital cameras, and portable DVD players. Those items were still allowed as checked baggage, however.

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