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European Union demands talks with United States over possible airline laptop ban

European Union demands talks with United States over possible airline laptop ban

A US ban on laptops and tablets in cabins of trans-Atlantic flights to the United States appeared all but inevitable Friday after Department of Homeland Security officials briefed European governments on a proposal that would affect millions of passengers.

The ban is already in place on flights from some Middle Eastern and African countries.

The U.S. ban already in place requires passengers on global flights to put all laptop computers, electronic tablets and other devices larger than a smartphone into luggage checked into the cargo compartment.

At present, passengers departing from 10 airports of Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, can't take it with you into the cabin of the electronic device more dimensions than a cell phone.

Representatives of American Airlines Group Inc, Delta Air Lines Inc and United Airlines Inc all met confidentially with officials from DHS and Airlines for America, a trade group, on Thursday afternoon, Reuters reported, to review a likely expansion of usa policy to ban electronic devices larger than cell phones from being on board certain foreign arrivals.

The US Department of Homeland Security sparked deep concern in Europe on Tuesday when it said was close to a decision on extending to Europeans an existing ban imposed on eight mostly Muslim countries.

Two airline officials who were briefed on the discussions said Homeland Security gave no timetable for an announcement, but they were resigned to its inevitability.

US airlines have in recent days been pushing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to find less disruptive alternatives, according to a source familiar with the discussions.

Peter Goelz, a former managing director at the National Transportation Safety Board in the United States, said a significant expansion of the in-cabin ban on larger electronics "is going to represent a major logistical problem for airlines".

Airports and airlines in Europe have already been working on plans for a possible extension of the ban since the USA announced the first restrictions on larger electronic devices in the cabin, according to several industry sources.

European Commission spokeswoman Anna-Kaisa Itkonen said DHS Secretary John Kelly and "a number" of European ministers were scheduled to hold the talks late Friday.

A report by Reuters said that the USA government is reviewing "how to ensure lithium batteries stored in luggage holds do not explode in midair".

Reuters says that the expansion will affect flights on United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines Group. A spokesperson for trade association Airlines for America declines to comment.


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