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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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Ryanair boss warns of catastrophic aviation scenario due to hard Brexit

Ryanair Chief Executive Michael O’Leary minced no words in painting a dreary picture of what Britain’s aviation industry would be like in the wake of a hard Brexit. The outspoken airline boss even went as far as joking that a British holiday-goers will have to go back to “using the boats” after Brexit. “There will be no soft Brexit, there will be a hard Brexit. The British have no Plan …

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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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NCAA to hold talks with EU regarding ban on Med-View Airline

The Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) would be holding talks with the European Union Air Safety Committee (ASC) of the European Commission (EC) to discuss the lifting of the ban of Med-View Airline. NCAA spokesperson Sam Adurogboye said that the agency is willing to go the full mile to resolve all discrepancies that would lead to the lifting of the said ban. Med-View Airline was banned last week from operating …

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Seventies-like conditions a likely scenario in the wake of Brexit

Monarch Chief Executive Andrew Swaffield has warned of raised air fares, limited choices and even of a possible return to seventies-like flying conditions for air travellers if the current open skies agreement end after Brexit. “Fares will gradually go up and there will be less competition.” Swaffield said at the ABTA Travel Law Seminar in London. European liberalization is largely credited for the plethora of flight options and low fares …

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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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Uncertainty facing regional airports over Brexit row – ACI Europe

Regional airports in the European Union potentially face significant disruption until the legal issues of the future relationship between the UK and the EU’s Single Aviation Market are set. This is the assessment of Airports Council International (ACI) Europe, which talked about the situation at its Regional Airports Conference and Exhibition in Cork, Ireland. “The uncertainty will soon cast a shadow on air route development in Europe, as airlines and …

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