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U.S. airlines meet Homeland Security officials over laptop ban

20 May 2017

Two people briefed on the matter said DHS officials are to meet with airline industry officials, Thursday to discuss security issues.

USA authorities are considering banning carry-on computers on European flights to the United States, widening the security measure introduced for flights from eight countries in March, an official said May 9, 2017.

European regulators warned that placing hundreds of devices in the hold on long-haul flights could compromise safety if poorly deactivated lithium-ion batteries catch fire.

DHS has yet to confirm that the ban will be extended, but said it continues to "evaluate the threat environment".

Government officials have been meeting with U.S. airlines on a almost weekly basis to discuss the topic and a decision could come in the next few weeks, according to CBS News.

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An industry-backed group, the Airline Passenger Experience Association, said the USA government should consider alternatives.

DHS spokesperson David Lapan said on Twitter on Wednesday that a possible expansion of the ban is "under consideration" and that no final decision has been made.

On Thursday, Olivier Jankovec, the director-general of the ACI Europe airport trade association said it was worrying that there appeared to be little coordination between the European Union and the United States.

Kelly said last month the ban was likely to expand, given the sophisticated threats in aviation and intelligence findings that would-be attackers were trying to hide explosives in electronic devices.

It was established in response to fears that militants could build a bomb into such electronics, which could pass through the security checks applied to cabin luggage but could be more easily detected by the screening applied to luggage placed in the hold.

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Dutch Airline KLM says it is "closely monitoring developments and will make adjustments when necessary".

Commenting on these tests, the Federation of Airline Pilots' Associations, IFALPA, representing airline pilots worldwide, said, "In fact, the fire proceeded is if the halon were not present".

More than 350 flights a day travel from Europe to the U.S.

Some Middle East airlines complained to the International Civil Aviation Organization that they had been unduly penalized by the original 10-country ban.

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U.S. airlines meet Homeland Security officials over laptop ban