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EU warns US of danger risks of imposing electronics ban on flights

The European Union (EU) has voiced out safety concerns over the United States’ plans of banning large electronic devices from the cabins of flights from Europe. The potential move is a virtual extension of an earlier US mandate that was imposed on flights from 10 airports in the Middle East and Africa.  Passengers on flights covered by the restrictions are required to carry anything bigger than a smartphone in checked …

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ICAO looking for global approach to laptop ban

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is seeking for a global solution for the usage of laptops and other electronic devices in passenger cabins after the implementation of a selective ban by both the US and the UK last March. The United Nations aviation agency discussed the issue following complaints made by the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and other countries, alleging that their airlines had been unduly penalized by the decision …

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Airlines warned of updated electronics ban

U.S. officials have given airlines a heads up to prepare themselves for an expanded version of the much-ballyhooed mandate that banned electronic devices larger than cellphones inside passenger cabins. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Spokesman David Lapan said that the Trump administration is discussing the expansion of the ban on laptops, which currently is being applied to U.S.-bound flights from eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The …

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Emirates CEO remains puzzled over US-mandated electronics ban

The Chairman and CEO of Dubai airline Emirates admitted that he was bewildered over the United States’ decision to institute a ban on laptops and other personal electronics in carry-on luggage from 10 cities in Muslim-majority countries. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said he “can’t dig into somebody’s mind” to understand America’s logic over the heightened security measure. However, the Emirates Chief said that U.S. President Donald Trump was …

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Trump administration mulling over plans to extend electronics ban to flights from the UK

The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has Europe in its sights as they mull extending the ban on large electronic devices being carried in aircraft cabins, to flights from Europe. Just last month, the civil aviation industry got turned upside down when the U.S. and British governments barred passengers from carrying electronic devices larger than a mobile phone, inside the passenger cabin on flights from six Middle Eastern countries. …

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Etihad not cutting U.S. routes in spite of Trump administration-mandated electronics ban

Gulf-based airline Etihad Airways said it remained committed to operating flights in the United States, saying demand remained high in spite of the restrictions imposed on travel and on-board electronic gadgets that was imposed on Middle Eastern carriers like them. The Abu Dhabi-based carrier boldly declared they experienced  “no significant change in demand” on flights to and from the US in recent weeks. “Demand continues to remain strong on all …

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Qatar Airways CEO calls electronics ban to be unnecessary

Qatar Airways Chief Akbar Al Baker has called the decision to ban large electronic devices inside cabins on flights originating from the Middle East to be both unnecessary and rushed. The Trump administration-led mandate banned passengers from carrying anything larger than a smartphone on some flights to the U.S., citing security concerns. But Al Baker, Qatar Airways’ CEO, thought of the ban to be senseless and wholly not needed as …

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Information sharing better than electronics ban, says Hong Kong Airlines Safety Manager

Hong Kong Airlines’ Corporate Safety General Manager has said that sharing intelligence data and technology just might prove to be better off than the controversial electronics ban that is being implemented by the United States and the UK. Hong Kong Airlines’ Ruben Morales has described the aforementioned ban on electronic devices larger than a smartphone on flights coming from 10 Middle Eastern airports as “futile.” “We are in a highly …

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Qatar Airways Chief warns US and UK laptop ban may have undesired impact

Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar Al-Baker took to task the US-led ban on electronic gadgets inside passenger cabins of flights from specific countries and airports, saying that terrorists might just have a simple solution to counter that mandate. Al-Baker said that terrorists targeted by the controversial electronics ban introduced in the U.S. and UK will just move to locations where there is less scrutiny and security of airline passengers. As …

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New risks and dangers identified with electronics ban, European Agency says

Europe’s aviation regulator has expressed concern that the US and UK ban on electronic devices inside passenger cabins has led to a new risk – battery fires in the cargo holds – and lobbied for new safety precautions. The European Aviation Safety Agency, an agency responsible for safe flying in 32 countries, said personal electronic devices (PED) carried a fire risk due to their lithium batteries and should preferably be carried …

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