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AviationU.S. considering extending electronic-device flight ban to European travelers

Published 26 April 2017

Passengers flying from the United Kingdom to the United States may soon be barred from carrying their laptops with them, U.K. government officials said Monday. U.K. government sources said they were advised by American security officials that the Trump administration is planning on enforce the electronic device ban on flights from several European countries. The ban, if implemented, will go into effect before the busy summer travel season begins.

Electronic device ban on airliners may be extended overseas // Source: theconversation.com

Passengers flying from the United Kingdom to the United States may soon be barred from carrying their laptops with them, U.K. government officials said Monday.

In addition to laptops, tablets and e-readers would also have to be checked-in and stored in the hold with other luggage if the restrictions are implemented.

The Times reports that Whitehall is bracing for DHS to extend the security restrictions which were imposed last month on ten airports in eight Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East.

U.K. government sources told the Times that they were advised by American security officials that the Trump administration is planning on enforce the electronic device ban on flights from several European countries.

The ban, if implemented, will go into effect before the busy summer travel season begins.

The officials told the Times that even if the ban is imposed on several European countries, the United Kingdom may be exempted.

The unnamed official told the Times: “As with everything from Trump’s America, there are conflicting reports about where, when and what.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security told the Times: “We will continue to evaluate the threat environment and make determinations based on that assessment but we have not made any decisions on expanding the current restrictions against large electronic devices in aircraft cabins from selected airports.”