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Daily Beast: DHS to Ban Laptops in Cabins on US-Bound Flights From Europe

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By    |   Wednesday, 10 May 2017 05:10 PM

The Department of Homeland Security is slated to announce a ban on laptops in airplane cabins on flights from Europe to the United States on Thursday, a new report claims.

The Daily Beast reports the ban includes flights from all European airports. A current ban on laptops and tablets is in place from 10 airports located in North Africa and the Middle East.

Officials in Europe confirmed the upcoming ban to The Daily Beast. Homeland Security released a statement to the website that said a ban "is under consideration."

U.S. officials instituted the current ban in March over fears that terror groups have the ability to convert laptops into bombs that could potentially bring down a passenger airplane. In February, a hole was blown into the side of a plane 20 minutes after it took off from Mogadishu, Somalia, and officials believe the explosion was caused by a bomb hidden in a laptop.

That plane was not downed because it had not yet reached cruising altitude.

DHS spokesman Dave Lapan told Reuters that Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly "hasn't made a decision but we continue to evaluate the threat environment and have engaged in discussions with airline representatives and other stakeholders about the threat."

Kelly will give a classified briefing to senators on Thursday about domestic threats, and airline issues are expected to be discussed, a congressional aide briefed on the matter said.

The current laptop ban has affected direct flights to the U.S. by Royal Jordanian Airlines RJAL.AM, Egypt Air, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates, and Etihad Airways.

One issue under discussion is how to ensure that lithium batteries in any large collection of devices stored in airplane holds do not explode midair, officials told Reuters.

Airports and airlines in Europe have already been working on plans for a possible extension of the ban since the U.S. announced its first restrictions in March, several industry sources told Reuters.

Information from Reuters was used in this report.

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