Laptop and tablet flight ban could be expanded worldwide

Emirates is one of the airlines affected by the ban. Emirates is one of the airlines
currently affected by the ban.
Photo: Emirates

The current ban on laptops and tablets in carry-on
luggage from 10 different airports could be extended
internationally, a new report claims.

The U.S.
government has held high-level discussions with officials from
the European Union, with both sides deciding “to intensify
talks.” The U.S. is said to be more enthusiastic about the
possible ban than their European counterparts.

As of yet,
no decision has been reached, although Homeland Security
Secretary John Kelly has said that the ban will be put into
place, “if the intelligence and threat level warrant it.”
There’s no word on when a final decision will be made.

At present, the ban on cabin
baggage is already
in place
for travelers flying from 10 Middle Eastern
countries, including Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar,
Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The notion
that it might extend to European flights as well was
touted earlier this year
, although (somewhat confusingly
given today’s report) this was
recently reported
to have been ditched.

original decision to implement such a ban grew out of concerns
that terrorists may be looking to attack airliners and
transportation hubs. It was put in place after a foiled
plot to
smuggle a bomb disguised as an iPad
onto a plane.

As a
response to the ban, some airlines decided to launch
new electronics loaner programs
for passengers, giving them
the option to rent an iPad while their own device is safely
stored inside checked baggage.



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