According to a new report from The Daily Beast, the Department of Homeland Security tomorrow will issue revamped travel guidelines that will prevent any passengers flying into the USA from Europe from travelling with laptops.
The original ban, and any extension of it to include flights originating from other regions of the world, is based out of a fear that terrorists have developed the ability to create powerful bombs that could be concealed inside larger electronic devices. The department told Fox News Monday that a final decision has not yet been made. DHS officials are set to meet with airline industry heads today to discuss security issues. Royal Jordanian said the electronics ban affects its flights to New York, Chicago, Detroit and Montreal. Some of life's most memorable moments come from the trips that we take.
Passengers on flights from Europe to the USA could soon be banned from carrying laptop computers in the cabin, United States authorities said on Wednesday evening.
It's unclear at this time which European countries would be included in the updated ban and whether it would apply to devices beyond laptops.
The United Kingdom followed suit after the USA announced its ban on large electronics by issuing its own prohibition on electronic devices on flights coming from Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Tunisia.
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The agency confirmed to BuzzFeed News Wednesday that a large electronics ban is "under consideration". DHS said the ban will remain in place through October, but can be extended if officials believe it is warranted.
The Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly will reportedly brief senators on the possibility that laptops won't be allowed as carry-on on flights from Europe to the United States.
The DHS initially imposed the electronics ban on inbound flights coming from 10 different airports in Jordan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Qatar, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.
According to the FAA, dozens of fires were caused by personal electronic devices during flights in 2016 alone, many of which were put out by flight attendants using fire extinguishers. In response to the ban, Emirates has dropped flights to five USA cities, while Turkish Airlines and Etihad Airways have implemented temporary solutions to loan laptops and tablets to passengers to use on board. At this point, that concern appears to be the administration's biggest hurdle en route to rolling out an expanded electronics ban.