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US likely to expand airline laptop ban to Europe

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration is likely to expand a ban on laptops on commercial aircraft to include some European countries, but is reviewing how to ensure lithium batteries stored in luggage holds do not explode in midair, officials briefed on the matter said on Wednesday.


Any expansion of the ban could impact US carriers such as United Airlines, Delta Air Lines Inc and American Airlines Group. Six US and European officials said they expect the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to make an announcement but declined to say when. DHS officials plan to meet with airline industry officials on Thursday to discuss security issues, two people briefed on the matter said.


In March, the US announced laptop restrictions on flights originating from 10 airports including in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey because of fears that a concealed bomb could be installed in electronic devices taken onto aircraft.


Britain quickly followed suit with restrictions on a slightly different set of routes. — Reuters


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