Update May 18 - US officials were looking into extending their previous ban on electronics. On the 17th of May, after a four-hour meeting in Brussels to discuss the threats to aviation security, US and EU officials have decided against the ban on laptops and tablets in cabin baggage on flights from Europe. Officials said other measures were still being considered. We’ll keep you informed on any new developments.
United States action would be an extension on the ban in March
The United States government is considering banning laptops and other large electronic devices from carry-on bags on flights coming from Europe to the United States. A spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security said this week.
European governments are alarmed by the proposed expansion of the possible United States ban on in-flight laptops and tablets to planes coming from the EU. Urgent talks are now being held with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Washington Post reports.Officials did not say when a new ban might be imposed.
The action would be an extension of the ban that was imposed in March. At that time, the United States and the United Kingdom barred passengers from carrying laptop computers, tablets and other devices larger than cell phones, traveling through airports in ten African and Middle Eastern countries. The larger electronic items were to be put with the checked luggage.
The United States put the ban in place after intelligence revealed that the Islamic State was developing a bomb that possibly could be hidden in portable electronic devices.