USA considers laptop ban on United Kingdom flights

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 25, 2017

Almost a month after banning electronic devices larger than a mobile phone on US-bound flights from eight Muslim-majority countries, the Trump administration is considering barring passengers flying from Britain and some European airports from carrying laptops, according to media reports.

Both the United Kingdom and U.S. governments put a ban on laptops last month from flights coming from some Middle Eastern countries.

The US administration has already implemented a similar ban on electronic devices on passengers travelling from a number of airports in the Middle East, with anything larger than a smartphone having to be kept in the hold during the flight.

The ban, which followed concerns terrorists had perfected a new type of airline bomb, means travellers have to stow gadgets larger than a mobile phone - including laptops, tablets and kindles - in the hold.

The Times too quoted a Whitehall source as saying that British security officials had been alerted that President Donald Trump plans to enforce the laptop ban on flights to the U.S. from some European locations.

"As with everything from Trump's America, there are conflicting reports about where, when and what", a Whitehall insider said. They confirmed that Britain was on the list of countries examined for restrictions on electronic devices.

"We keep aviation security under constant review, but we do not comment on speculation".

The ban applies to flights from Turkey, two north African countries - Egypt and Tunisia - and three Middle Eastern states: Lebanon, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia.

From next month, flights to five of the 12 U.S. cities Emirates services will be affected by the changes.

A US official is said to have suggested no announcement was imminent but signalled that a move by the US Department for Homeland Security was not far off.

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