May 17, 2017

Likely expansion of ban on larger electronics on airlines

Mark Lennihan / AP

Reuters' David Shepardson: "U.S. Homeland Security chief John Kelly has not made a final decision on extending a ban on larger electronic devices [such as laptops in the cabins of] airplanes, but the department still believes an expansion is likely":

  • "Fears that a bomb could be concealed in electronic devices prompted the United States to announce in March it would restrict passengers from bringing devices larger than cellphones on flights originating from 10 airports, including in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey."
  • "Britain followed suit with restrictions on a slightly different set of routes."
  • "The United States has been considering increasing the number of airports affected by the ban to possibly include some European ones."
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