Laptop ban on flights to US ‘likely’ to expand: Department of Homeland Security
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Laptop ban on flights to US ‘likely’ to expand: Department of Homeland Security

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This sparked deep concern in Europe last week when it said it would soon decide on extending the ban to European airlines.

A ban on laptops and other electronics in the cabin of flights from Europe to America will likely be further expanded to include additional countries, a US official has said. In March, US authorities banned passengers on direct flights to the United States from 10 airports in eight countries from bringing laptops, tablets and other electronic devices larger than cellphones into the cabin.

The Department of Homeland Security sparked deep concern in Europe last week when it said it would soon decide on extending the ban to European airlines. It is “likely that the restrictions that were put in place in March could be expanded to other areas,” Department of Homeland Security spokesman David Lapan said yesterday.

“But not solely Europe — extended to additional areas,” he added, without giving details. DHS Deputy Secretary Elaine Duke is due to attend high-level talks with European partners in Brussels today. Lapan said talks would consider the “scale and scope” of what the laptop ban might entail.

A US ban on now ubiquitous laptops could cause havoc, with more than 3,250 flights a week scheduled to leave EU airports for the US this summer, according to industry data. Some experts also say there is a security risk in putting them with checked luggage given th...

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