The laptop ban has not been extended to flights from Europe to the U.S. after a key meeting in Brussels yesterday.
The U.S. delegation, led by Homeland Security Department Deputy Secretary Elaine Duke, wanted to hear European Commission concerns that a ban may be disruptive to the aviation system, said the official, who gave the briefing on condition that he not be identified.
USA and European Union officials agreed Wednesday to scrap plans to ban laptops and tablets in cabin baggage on flights from Europe.
The new policy would affect 390 flights daily between the US and Europe, far more than the 350 flights weekly from the Middle East and North Africa subject to the current rule, which the USA announced in March.
Expand the ban, or ban it: What say you?
There was an outcry in Europe when media reports started circulating that the USA was considering a ban on laptops, tablets and some phones in the cabin of all flights across the Atlantic over fears that it had intelligence that terrorists were considering concealing bombs in them.
IATA director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac voiced "serious concern" in a May 16 letter to Bulc and Kelly, saying an extended ban would cost passengers $1.1 billion per year, damage the economy, impact airline operations and create a heightened lithium battery risk.
In March, US authorities introduced restrictions on passengers taking laptops onto flights from Turkey, Morocco, Jordan, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, amid suggestions the US spooks had uncovered a bomb plot using a laptop.
Let's hope the European Union and U.S. can stay on the same page here.
The airline industry is urging regulators in USA and Europe to reconsider a plan to expand the current ban on some electronic devices on US -bound flights.
Yesterday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov mocked USA news reports suggesting Trump inappropriately shared the sensitive intelligence with him. That's because passengers would have to check their devices to a special compartment and not have access to them during flight.
President Donald Trump's administration was reportedly considering extending the electronics ban to flight coming into the us from European countries, but that idea seems to have been pushed aside for now, according to the Guardian. The initial ban on passengers bringing large electronics devices into the cabin hit hardest at Middle Eastern airlines.
Instead, he proposes adoption of several "alternative measures [that] would enhance security whilst reducing the impact on airlines and our passengers".
A ban on electronic devices larger than a smartphone was introduced on flights to the United States of America from 10 airports back in March.
European Union officials say they have not been briefed on the threat.
"Traveling with your laptop is part of everyday life", de Juniac said, predicting that further measures will cause "significant" disruption in the trans-Atlantic business market.style="text-align: center;"