No laptop ban extension on Europe-US flights - for now

No laptop ban extension on Europe-US flights - for now

No laptop ban extension on Europe-US flights - for now

U.S. and European officials met today in Brussels regarding the possible extension to Europe of the large personal electronic device (PED) ban now in place on flights from 10 Middle East and North Africa airports to the U.S. According to a statement from the Department of Homeland Security released following that meeting, officials will meet again in Washington next week to "further assess shared risks and solutions for protecting airline passengers while ensuring the smooth functioning of global air travel".

"And surely there must be a way to screen electronic equipment effectively at airport checkpoints", he said. As it proclaims, European travel is ridiculously lucrative for the airline industry: "The route between Europe and the U.S.is the busiest global corridor in the world".

"Any threats that affect the US are the same for Europe".

In March, the U.S. authorities banned passengers on direct flights to the USA from 10 airports in eight countries from taking laptops, tablets and other electronic devices larger than mobile phones into the cabin, for fear that a bomb could be concealed in them.

"An expanded electronics ban would disproportionately affect airlines' most profitable customers-business travelers", Harteveldt continues.

During a recent security summit in Washington, D.C., the industry urged regulators to adopt "short-term" measures to counter the potential threat from electronic devices.

"You're always weighing convenience against security", said Sen.

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The flip side of all of this is whether a laptop ban serves a greater goal. Extending it to the 28 European Union states plus Switzerland, Norway and Iceland would impact a further 390 a day, or more than 2,500 a week, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) estimates.

A final decision on the ban has not yet been made - DHS Secretary John Kelly continues to consider input from partners, including airlines, the US and European governments, and the "scale and scope" of what the ban might entail, said Lapan.

Visitors from Britain, Germany and France spend $31 billion each year on tourism and airfares to the U.S., according to the U.S. Travel Association.

It's estimated roughly two-thirds of travellers on transatlantic flights fly with an electronic device larger than a cellphone, which would mean checking all carry on bags would require an increase in security.

At the Delta area of the Cincinnati airport, a sign warned passengers that beginning Friday on flights returning to the USA any electronic devices other than a cellphone would have to be placed in checked baggage.

The British Airline Pilots' Association said the USA plan was potentially "catastrophic". "Not allowing them to bring their devices on the plane reduces productivity".

"Any threats that affect the USA are the same for Europe".

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"People have grown accustomed to traveling with electronics", Grella said.

Some are concerned that storing more lithium ion-powered devices underneath the plane could pose new safety threats. "However, the question remains whether the targeted application of policies banning personal electronics is an effective measure to reduce the risk of terrorism".

This also soothes worries the industry has about stowing chunks of lithium away from view in aeroplane holds, seeing as burning batteries are becoming rather commonplace these days and when they ignite dad's trousers in the hold all hell could break loose.

A 1 percent shift in business travel costs could lead to the loss of 71,000 jobs, almost $5 billion in economic growth, $3 billion in wages and $1.2 billion in tax collections, according to the GBTA. Information obtained by a USA raid on an al Qaeda compound in Yemen indicated a new explosive chemical that is hard to detect may have been discovered by bomb makers.

In the past, IATA, which represents the interests of the world's airlines, has argued that the current ban - and by extension, any additional bans - is unnecessary, ineffective, and harmful to travelers, the travel industry, and the economy at large. Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, American Airlines and British Airways are responsible for 60 percent of nonstop flights from Europe, according to CNN. It turned out the information Trump offered was related to the laptop ban the U.S. imposed a few months ago on certain Middle Eastern countries, and which it planned to extend to all of Europe.

Industry groups worry about the economic consequences of expanding the ban to more flights. Plus, hold-luggage usually goes through a more sophisticated screening process than carry-on bags. The White House has since considered widening the scope of the ban to not only include flights originating from the United Kingdom but the entirety of Europe.

The group estimated a $1.1 billion impact on passengers per year due to lost productive time, longer travel time and harm to "passenger well being".

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