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Laptops may pose greater threat in cargo hold, say experts

Although the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has held off on expanding the ban on mid-sized electronic devices inside passenger cabins on flights from Europe, aviation experts continued to warn of the dangers posed by the storage of devices, which use lithium-ion batteries, in an airplane’s cargo hold. Lithium batteries are known to be very reactive, which causes them to overheat and possibly cause a fire or an explosion. Though …

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No expansion of laptop ban… for now

There will be no laptop ban in cabins of planes flying to the United States from Europe – for now. This was ascertained by the United States earlier in the week but stressed that the expansion of the said ban remains on the table as they continue to sift through intelligence regarding terrorist threats. “No ban,” a European Commission official said after a conference call between U.S. Homeland Security Secretary …

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DHS considering expanding electronics ban on flights departing from the US

Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly admitted that he is thinking long and hard about expanding the ban on large electronic devices inside plane cabins to include flights coming from the United States, heading overseas. Should the plan push through, it would mean that no electronic device larger than a mobile phone would be allowed inside cabins on flights leaving the US, not just specific inbound flights. “I would tell …

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US and EU officials meet for talks on aviation security as laptop ban looms

Officials from the United States and the European Union (EU) are set to meet in Washington this week for discussions on aviation security, as the latter prepares for the implementation of an extended cabin ban on large electronic devices to US-bound flights from Europe. Over the last two week, the EU has given the US updates on the measures it has taken to tighten its aviation security along with information …

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AAPA cautions against “knee-jerk reactions” with possible extension of laptop ban

The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) has cautioned against “the trap of knee-jerk reactions” with the looming extension of the US ban on laptops and personal electronic devices inside airline cabins. US and European Commission (EC) officials are holding talks this week to discuss the issue as the former seeks to extend their laptop ban to include incoming flights from Europe to the US. AAPA Director General Andrew Herdman …

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IATA calls for restraint on possible extension of electronics ban

International Air Transport Association (IATA) Director General Alexandre de Juniac is calling for the adoption of several short-term measures that would help curb terrorism threats rather than the broad extension of the current ban on devices such as laptop computers from several origin airports in the Middle East and North Africa. De Juniac wrote to European Commission Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc and U.S. Homeland Security secretary John Kelly, and …

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EU-US talks on laptop ban end with no ban, to be further discussed

The discussions about a US-led ban on laptops and tablets in flights from Europe have ended with no ban and the assurance of more talks and better intelligence sharing. According to a source, officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the European Union met in a secure location in Brussels, and exchanged intelligence information regarding threats to air travel. The source said that the ban was shelved for …

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Australia considering electronics ban in cabins, says PM

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull divulged that authorities are considering banning laptops and tablets inside the cabins of passenger airplanes with the growing fear that terrorists might turn these devices into bombs. The development comes on the heels of the US Department of Homeland Security stating that it was planning to extend its ban on electronic devices to flights from Europe. “We are looking at it very closely,” Turnbull said. …

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US considering expanding laptop ban beyond Europe

The US is weighing the possibility of expanding its ban on laptops inside airline cabins beyond Europe, even as protests over broadened restrictions continue to gain steam. US anti-terror officials are considering other areas and “not solely Europe,” David Lapan, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, said. He declined to reveal the other areas. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly has yet to make a final decision but all …

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US Senators given classified briefing on aviation threats and updated laptop ban

The Trump administration has given Senators a classified briefing on aviation threats even as officials weigh the expansion of the laptop ban to include US-bound flights from Europe. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly met with “a group of Senators from relevant oversight Committees in a secure setting this morning to discuss numerous DHS activities to protect the homeland. This included discussing threats to aviation”, an agency spokesman …

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