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19th May 2017

US-EU Laptop cabin ban ‘off the table’ for now

On Wednesday, a four-hour meeting was held in Brussels between EU and US officials to discuss the possibility of a ban on carry-on laptops and tablets on US-EU flights.

The meeting came after reports emerged that US officials were looking to extend to Europe a ban on electronics in cabins on flights from eight mostly Muslim countries.

Following the meeting, no ban has been imposed though more talks have been scheduled to take place in Washington next week.

A joint statement said the meeting would allow them to ‘further assess shared risks and solutions for protecting airline passengers, whilst ensuring the smooth functioning of global air travel’.

The current US restrictions, introduced in March, apply to flights from Turkey, Morocco, Jordan, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

Experts have suggested that an extension of the ban to flights from Europe could affect 65 million passengers a year and severely impact transatlantic business and leisure travel.

Pilots have also warned that carrying a large number of laptops in the hold could present a fire risk due to the volume of lithium batteries.

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