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Seth Wenig / AP

The Department of Homeland Security has decided that there will not be a ban on laptops and other electronics in the cabins of flights traveling from Europe to the United States, per Politico.

The concern: The U.S. had received credible intelligence that ISIS might be attempting to convert laptops into bombs — which was reportedly shared by President Trump with Russian officials in the Oval Office. European officials thought storing such devices in the cargo hold might pose more of a risk than terrorism, as electronics with lithium batteries are known to catch fire.

Subject to change: DHS said in a statement that the ban was "still on the table."

"Secretary Kelly affirmed he will implement any and all measures necessary to secure commercial aircraft flying to the United States – including prohibiting large electronic devices from the passenger cabin – if the intelligence and threat level warrant it."

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