Trump's laptop ban on European flights is reportedly 'off the table'

Trump's laptop ban on European flights is reportedly 'off the table'

US officials called the threat critical but stopped short of any new action.

"With regard to the electronics ban as well as other recent actions related to travel, we urge the Administration to expeditiously set clear rules of the road so that travel industry stakeholders can serve their clients, that travel disruptions are kept to a minimum and that the traveling public can maintain confidence in an industry so vital to our nation's economy", said ASTA Senior Vice President, Government & Public Affairs Eben Peck.

But after a four-hour meeting in Brussels to discuss the threats to aviation security, officials said other measures were still being considered.

In March, Washington banned passengers from eight countries in North Africa and the Middle East from bringing laptop computers, tablets and other electronic devices larger than cellphones as carry-on items.

But it is understood that during a four-hour meeting between European Union and U.S. officials on Wednesday, there was no talk of applying the so-called "laptop ban" to flights from Europe.

Such a fire caused the crash of a UPS 747 cargo plane in Dubai in 2010.

De Juniac suggested expanded random explosives screenings inside airports, which he said would improve security but would be less disruptive. "In the meantime, we continue to follow all existing policies". Of course, that also allowed time for the airline industry to snap to attention and announce that such a ban might cost travelers around $1 billion. This follows a ban on laptops in carry-on bags that has been in place on flights to the USA originating in 10 Middle Eastern cities since March.

Duke, who was accompanied by the Transportation Security Administration's acting chief, Huban Gowadia, met with European Commissioners Avramopoulos and Violeta Bulc, according to the commission statement.

"We have written to European Union authorities to indicate that we are concerned about this U.S. ban on electronic devices, and we think it could put an additional cost of more than US$1 billion on passengers", he added.

While IATA's recommendations were intended specifically to forestall any expansion of the current ban, they are also clearly intended as an alternative to the existing US and United Kingdom restrictions. It said that the risk arising from storing PEDs in the hold where they may catch fire without being noticed "could be greater than the security risk of having them in the cabin'".

The FAA and DHS are conducting additional tests on the devices, but officials believe the fire danger can be limited, the official said.

While declining to discuss specific intelligence, the basing its consideration of an expansion on the the evolving threat from terrorists, according to the official.

The head of the International Air Transport Association said recently that the electronics ban is not an acceptable or effective long-term solution to security threats, and said the commercial impact is severe.

The United States is considering broadening its ban on the use of laptops and tablets inside airliner cabins on flights from Europe. Kelly spoke in Phoenix at the company's annual meeting.

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