Published: Fri, May 26, 2017
Local | By Vivian Poole

US, Europe discuss new laptop ban on flights

US, Europe discuss new laptop ban on flights

The ban raises a series of concerns that so far have not been addressed by the Department of Homeland Security, most notably large lithium-ion batteries that are now not allowed in cargo holds by many airlines due to their propensity to catch fire.

ACI Europe has voiced concerns about the significant operational disruption of an extended ban, including the need for a very large number of additional security staff, ad-hoc gate screening for each flight, special loading processes to get the electronic devices into the hold of aircraft and possible grouping of USA flight gates for the new measures, putting extra pressure on already stretched infrastructure.

While there's no ban for now, talks between United States and European Union air security officials are continuing.

Alexandre de Juniac, IATA's director general, has said the plans could cost the industry dearly in a strongly-worded letter to John Kelly, the US Homeland Security Secretary and Violeta Bulc, the European Transport Commissioner.

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"No ban on electronic devices [on flights from Europe] was announced, nor were any other measures decided during this meeting", European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said, following the meeting.

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. These devices have to be placed in checked baggage.

The initial ban has hit Middle Eastern airlines hardest.

In March, the Department of Homeland Security rushed out a ban on electronic devices in hand luggage on flights from eight countries in North Africa and the Middle East.

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The ban on laptops that the USA government has initiated for flights to the USA from the Middle East and north Africa could very well be expanded to include European departures as well. "What we have said to the USA and United Kingdom authorities and to the Europeans is, please, if you want to take this measure, work very closely with the industry".

The existing ban involves 50 flights per day from 10 airports, primarily in the Middle East.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is "well aware" of views from airlines, airports, other nations and other stakeholders, Lapan said. The UN aviation agency banned commercial airliners from carrying bulk shipments of lithium-ion batteries as cargo after two fatal crashes of cargo planes carrying these batteries, in 2010 and 2011.

A proposed Trump administration ban on passengers from Europe taking laptops and tablets into cabins on flights to America appears to have been dropped after a meeting between European Union and United States officials.

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