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Tags: Europe | Device Ban | US | UK

Europe Won't Agree to US UK Device Ban

Europe Won't Agree to US UK Device Ban
(AP)

By    |   Thursday, 23 March 2017 02:01 PM

The rest of Europe isn't joining Britain and the U.S. in banning passengers from carrying most electronics larger than on cellphone on flights from some counties in the Middle East and North Africa, The Wall Street Journal reported.

German officials concede they were notified of the restrictions by U.S. officials, but do not plan on imposing their own ban. And other nations say they do not have sufficient information to warrant imposing the restriction.

"Our picture is not yet complete," German Interior Ministry spokesman Johannes Dimroth said. "These conversations are continuing," he said, with both British and American officials.

French and Dutch officials also said the ban is under review, but have so far decided not to move ahead with any new rules, according to the paper.

The U.S. had announced it would require passengers to pack laptops, tablets and other devices in checked luggage, rather than permitting them to carry them on the plan, The Washington Post reported.

The newspaper said the British ban applies to six countries, while the U.S. ban covers 10 airports in eight Muslim-majority nations.

Officials said the action was based on terror concerns, but did not elaborate.

Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for the European Union said it is "actively encouraging member states to share intelligence and coordinate their actions. It noted the ban will be assessed next week.

The split among nations is "confounding security officials and angering travel experts," the newspaper said.

But the Journal raised the possibility there is potential for at least some European nations to join with the U.S. and Britain in the coming weeks.

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The rest of Europe isn't joining Britain and the U.S. in banning passengers from carrying most electronics larger than on cellphone on flights from some counties in the Middle East and North Africa, The Wall Street Journal reported.
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