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Airport Laptop Ban Likely to Expand to European Countries

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By    |   Thursday, 11 May 2017 11:57 AM

An airport laptop ban is likely to be expanded by the U.S. to some European countries over fears the electronic devices could contain “concealed bombs.”

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is expected to make an official announcement about the ban, but it’s not yet clear when, according to Reuters.

Terrorism fears are mostly behind an expansion of the laptop ban first implemented back in March when travelers to the U.S. “from 10 airports in the Middle East and Africa were forced to put their large electronics devices in checked baggage for fear of terrorist attacks,” according to Newsweek.

The Trump administration also is reportedly taking a closer look at lithium batteries and the potential of these batteries causing an explosion on an aircraft if packed away in luggage.

DHS officials were expected to meet with airline representatives on Thursday to discuss the issue among others.

“We have not made any decisions on expanding the electronics ban; however, we are continuously assessing security directives based on intelligence and will make changes when necessary to keep travelers safe,” the Transportation Security Administration told CBS News.

“Evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation, to include smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items,” said the DHS. “As threats change, so too will TSA’s security requirements.”

This all comes a year after the Federal Aviation Administration issued a safety alert on the threat of batteries in electronic devices, saying “testing showed that the ignition of the unburned flammable gases associated with a lithium battery fire could lead to a catastrophic explosion.”

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