An on-flight laptop ban has already been put in place for 10 countries in the Middle East and North Africa, but that could be expanding.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is currently weighing an expansion of its ban on carry-on laptops on international flights to include flights that originate in Europe, according to a CNN report.
The current ban includes 10 countries from the Middle East and North Africa, but the Trump administration appears to be worried about the possibility of terrorists boarding in Europe.
Security officials have been worried for some time about terrorists’ ability to hide explosives in the batteries of laptops, CNN’s René Marsh reported.
“This ban [in Europe] is going to happen,” Marsh said.
The only continuing debate at DHS was “whether to institute the ban at select airports in Europe or across the board,” Marsh added.
The airline industry has pushed back hard on the ban, calling it “not sustainable.” Tourism could be hindered, while 350 flights a day would be adversely affected.
DHS Secretary John Kelly said in late April that the terrorist threat to airliners “keeps [him] awake at night.” He called a possible attack on an airliner mid-flight “the Super Bowl” for terrorists.
This worry has manifested itself in DHS policy with its expansion of the laptop ban.
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