Airline Laptop Ban Likely to Expand to Europe
There is an ongoing uncertainty regarding the expansion of the in-flight electronics (laptops, tablets, etc.) ban to Europe. Currently, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security official position is that the expansion is being considered but no decision has been made. However, the expansion is expected in the coming days.
U.S. and EU officials will meet in Brussels next week to discuss a possibility of expanding the number of airports that ban passengers from carrying electronic devices aboard a flight. The current ban on large electronic devices announced on March, 2017 affects flights entering United States from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa. The expansion could affect all European flights entering the United States. Some U.S. and European carriers already began to make preparations to comply with the new regulations.
There is no impact on domestic flights in the United States or flights departing the United States. Electronic devices will continue to be allowed on all flights originating in the United States.
We will advise as soon as the official mandate is released. Until that time, the rules instituted in March that bans flights from 10 airports in the Middle East and Africa are the only rules in place.