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Intel sharing at heart of US, Europe talks on laptop ban

30 May 2017, 05:41 | Rhonda Young

Intel sharing at heart of US, Europe talks on laptop ban

Intel sharing at heart of US, Europe talks on laptop ban

European Union and US transport and security officials will meet in Brussels on Wednesday to discuss expanding the ban on laptops and tablets to include planes from Europe.

Both sides said they meant to hold more talks next week in Washington on a possible ban of such equipment.

USA and European officials Wednesday discussed applying the U.S.'s in-flight ban on laptops and tablets to planes from Europe, the Associated Press reported.

Reuters says that the expansion will affect flights on United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines Group.

Officials from Homeland Security met last week with high-ranking executives of the three leading US airlines - American, Delta and United - and the industry's leading USA trade group to discuss expanding the laptop policy to flights arriving from Europe.

The US authorities are considering extending the cabin restriction, which is already applicable to flights originating from 10 airports including in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey, because of alleged concerns that bombs could be hidden in the devices. Some airlines told the AP that despite the recent news, they believe it's a matter of time until such a ban is instituted.

Others worry it could be a safety risk.

The current USA ban on laptops and tablets affects flights from Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City; Cairo; Istanbul; Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Casablanca, Morocco; Doha, Qatar, and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

Extending the curbs, which now apply to only some US- bound services from the Middle East and North Africa, would obstruct travel and might not be the best way of countering the terror threat, International Air Transport Association (Iata) chief executive Alexandre de Juniac said in an interview yesterday.

On May 17, European Union commissioners Violeta Bulc and Dimitris Avramopoulos met a delegation led by US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) deputy secretary Elaine Duke May 17 in Brussels.

If this morning's reports from the BBC and other sources have it right, the ban on in-cabin laptops will not be extended to include additional flights from Europe to the U.S.

At a four-hour meeting in Brussels, the USA agreed not to impose a blanket ban.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said they were looking "very closely" at introducing the ban as part of wider security measures, ABC reported. "These alternative measures would also avoid the concentration of lithium battery-powered devices in the cargo hold of passenger aircraft", de Juniac said.

And many travelers aren't too happy about the idea, including those who use their laptops to work while in the air.

The original ban on mostly Middle Eastern flights, which the United Kingdom has also partially adopted, focused on countries where the equipment to screen carry-on bags is thought to be less effective as those in the USA, analysts have said.

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