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Laptop ban on flights from will not affect Europe to U.S. travel

Laptop ban on flights from will not affect Europe to U.S. travel

BRUSSELS (AP) — The intelligence behind plans to broaden a US ban on in-flight laptops and tablets to include planes from Europe took center stage on Wednesday as American and European officials met to discuss the looming decision.

Expanding the ban could cost $1.1 billion a year in lost productivity, travel time and "passenger well-being", Alexandre de Juniac, director general and CEO of the group, which represents 265 airlines, wrote in a letter to Bulc and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly.

Officials will be meeting again in Washington DC next week to "further assess shared risks and solutions for protecting airline passengers, whilst ensuring the smooth functioning of global air travel". What we do know is any ban prohibiting laptops from the cabin on European flights would have enormous ramifications around the world.

President Donald Trump's administration was reportedly considering extending the electronics ban to flight coming into the us from European countries, but that idea seems to have been pushed aside for now, according to the Guardian.

Last week there were reports claiming that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was just about ready to ban any laptops from being in the passenger cabin on any flights between the European Union and the US.

Talks between the US Department of Homeland Security and European Union on Wednesday in Brussels ended with a decision not to ban large electronics from the cabin of flights from Europe to the US, according to the Associated Press. Precheck is a program run by the TSA that lets pre-cleared passengers bypass some of the more obtrusive security screenings at airports. Whether it's in the direction of more or less restrictive electronic-device policies remains to be seen.

"Beyond the immediate operational impact, we are concerned about the consequences that such a ban would have on demand for trans-Atlantic air travel-and ultimately connectivity between Europe and the U.S.", Jankovec said, according to Travel Weekly.

Washington was determined to close that loophole, and has already briefed the three big USA carriers - American, Delta and United - about the imposition of a ban.

A broader ban on carry-on laptops, tablets, and other electronic devices on all flights from Europe would affect 390 flights a day, or more than 2,500 a week, IATA said.

"While the Secretary has not made a final decision on expanding the restriction on large electronic devices in aircraft cabins to additional last points of departure, it is still under consideration", the tweet said.

The meeting, a portion of which was conducted in secure facilities, allowed USA representatives to discuss specifics about the threat and how it is evolving, according to the US official.

Instead, IATA proposed airports introduce more in-depth pre-flight screening rather than forcing passengers to give up their devices. Emirates and Turkish Airlines instituted a laptop handling service that allows passengers to use their electronics until they reach the gate, when security will take possession of the items and pack them in boxes and load them into the hold.


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