Is the USA really going to ban laptops on flights from Europe?

Tammy Harvey
May 20, 2017

Some US airlines have been making plans in the event of an order to require them to bar passengers from travelling to the United States without larger electronics in the cabin, airline officials briefed on the matter said.

The U.S. airlines still hope to have a say in how the policy is put into effect at airports to minimize inconvenience to passengers.

It may even increase the risk of corporate laptops being lost or stolen as they are handled by airport staff, not to mention increasing the risk of lithium battery-related fires in the hold.

An industry-backed group, the Airline Passenger Experience Association, said the USA government should consider alternatives. And Patrick Ky, a European safety regulator, told Reuters that his agency wants airlines to avoid placing all the electronic devices in checked baggage being in the same container in the cargo hold.

Writing in the Daily Beast, Clive Irving said that an announcement from Washington is expected on Thursday.

The US Department of Homeland Security organised a teleconference to take place Friday afternoon with "key European partners" - France, Britain, Germany, Spain and Italy.

More than 350 flights a day travel from Europe to the U.S.

Government officials have been meeting with USA airlines on a almost weekly basis to discuss the topic and a decision could come in the next few weeks, according to CBS News.

Homeland Security said in a statement Wednesday that the restriction was under consideration. Lufthansa shares declined 2%, while British Airways parent IAG shed 1.7%.

"Our interest is to stay informed so that we have a possibility to share the information with our member states", European Commission spokesperson Anna-Kaisa Itkonen said.

For now, US officials are remaining tight-lipped on possible changes. Officials are coordinating with the Federal Aviation Administration to provide carriers with a bulletin on the proper handling of batteries, DHS spokeswoman Jenny Burke said last month.

You know, like they usually do.

But that argument hasn't won over the industry. One messy scenario could ensue when connecting flyers depart from a country where large electronics are not banned only to arrive at a European airport with a prohibited item in their carry-on bags.

Other reports by Ligue1talk

Discuss This Article