Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

The US wants to ban electronics on Board the aircraft

The US wants to ban electronics on Board the aircraft

The meeting, which was set to include officials from Delta Air Lines (DAL), American Airlines (AAL) and United Airlines (UAL), took place Thursday, and airline representatives have also aired their worries about the restrictions to Congress, Bloomberg reported.

Reports citing unnamed former officials with the US' Transportation Security Administration (TSA) have said discussion of the ban dated back to a failed attempt to down an airliner in Somalia in February of previous year.

The Donald Trump administration is planning to extend the ban on laptop computers on commercial aircraft to some European countries just ahead of the peak summer season, sending airlines and travel-industry groups into a tizzy.

A DHS spokesman added Tuesday that a wider rollout of the restrictions was being considered, but that a decision hadn't been made.

European regulators have already warned that placing hundreds of devices in the holds of aircraft on long-haul flights could compromise safety by increasing the risk from poorly deactivated lithium-ion batteries.

"The reason we are not looking at expanding the ban to flights leaving the U.S.is because the intel does not suggest that's necessary", the official said.

DHS officials are expected to speak to airline industry representations and lawmakers Thursday about security and consideration of the ban.

According to the report, there were 33 incidents of passenger-owned electronic devices in the cabin causing fire emergencies during flights in 2016, including three cases related to laptops and two linked to tablets.

Some European terminals may soon be added to the list of 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa from which the U.S. has prohibited passengers to board with laptops and tablets, according to "three sources briefed on the meeting", Reuters reported.

Airlines told CBS News that they have begun making preparations for an extended ban, with Lufthansa saying in a statement that it "has internally evaluated different scenarios for possible enhancements to the ban".

The proposed expanded ban is based on growing concern about an explosive getting past airport scanners.

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