UPDATE: U.S. Laptop Ban Expanding To Flights From Europe & UK?

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The Times (read more here) was reporting in late April that the laptop ban from the ten Middle Eastern airports would be likely extending to flights from Europe and perhaps include UK as well.

UPDATE U.S. Laptop Ban Expanding To Flights From Europe

Yesterday, the CBS (US network news) was reporting that this plan was still under consideration and announcement could be imminent or take few weeks.

Here’s an excerpt from CBS News (access the full piece here):

The U.S. is considering expanding a ban on most carry-on electronic devices larger than a cellphone on U.S.-bound flights from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa to “likely” include flights departing the U.S. for Europe and the United Kingdom.

Department of Homeland Security officials are currently still weighing the advantages of expanding the ban against possible disruptions it will cause. Government officials have been meeting with U.S. airlines on a nearly weekly basis and intend to do so again later this week. Officials don’t expect an announcement before Wednesday, but say a decision could come in the next few weeks.

Conclusion

The electronics ban from the Middle Eastern airports has already reduced inflows of passengers from the said region and Emirates has announced cuts to its US (read more here) frequencies.

If this same bad would extend to include Europe and UK, there would be significant drop in the transatlantic travel hurting airlines relying on this traffic such as British Airways,Virgin Atlantic and US ones.

Let’s see in the coming days and weeks if something will come out of this (crazy idea) ….

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