US Homeland Security: No announcement Friday on laptop ban expansion


The current DHS ban is in place on flights to the United States by Emirates, Turkish Airlines, Egypt Air, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Qatar Airways and Etihad Airways.

The Daily Beast reports the ban includes flights from all European airports.

Chief among the concerns are whether any new threat prompted the proposal, said European Commission transport spokeswoman Anna-Kaisa Itkonen, who confirmed the talks. She said the European Union had no new information about a specific security concern.

On Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill, to lay out the groundwork, according to two Capitol Hill sources. It will be a ministerial level call.

Earlier, U.S. Homeland Security spokesman David Lapan said no final decision had been made on whether to expand the restrictions.

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Kelly briefed members of Congress Thursday and held a meeting with high level executives of Delta Air Lines DAL.N , United Airlines UAL.N , American Airlines Group Inc AAL.O and Airlines For America, a trade group.

The initial ban was devised by Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly and the acting administrator of the Transportation Security Administration after incidents like the 2016 bombing of Daallo Airlines Flight 159 in Somalia. They spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the meeting publicly. The prospect was first raised in 2014, and gained traction in recent months among US officials who grew concerned that terrorists had renewed their efforts to create such devices.

"The responses of Canada, the European Union, and Australia to the same [security] intelligence demonstrate that a ban on large electronic devices in the cabin is not the only way forward". The U.S. government banned electronics bigger than phones on flights arriving from certain Middle East and northern Africa countries in March.

"It's not like losing your water bottle or your scissors".

It was established in response to fears that militants could build a bomb into such electronics, which could pass through the security checks applied to cabin luggage but could be more easily detected by the screening applied to luggage placed in the hold. You will have to check them in your cases.