Laptop ban extension could cost industry over $1bn each year, airlines warn

Airlines group urges alternatives to extending electronics ban

Global air travelers might soon rediscover magazines, paperbacks and playing cards.

The policy means that no laptops, tablets, e-readers, cameras, portable DVD players or other personal electronic devices larger than a cell phone or smart phone are allowed in carry-on baggage for passengers on those flights.

ACI Europe said that 59 European airports now have direct services to the USA with a total of 3,684 weekly flights. Parents are pondering how to keep children occupied. Some "appropriately cleared" European allies were given more detailed information about the specific threat of explosives hidden in laptops that led to the US mulling an expanded electronics ban, a senior Trump administration official said in a briefing following the meeting. Administration officials have insisted that Trump did nothing wrong in the disclosure, but they also requested that The Washington Post not publish specific aspects of the intelligence.

The flip side of all of this is whether a laptop ban serves a greater objective. US officials called the threat critical but stopped short of any new action. There is more than 400 daily flights on routes between Europe and North America. The flights are popular with vacationers and critical to many business travelers, who often buy pricier tickets.

After Homeland Security implemented the ban on incoming flights from the Middle East in March it did not clarify if the laptop ban would be extended to other countries, but its site noted "as threats change, so too will TSA's security requirements".

U.S. Travel Association, according to CNN Money, states a lot of European travelers spend somewhere between $3,000 to $4,000 when they come to the states.

The current ban affects 350 flights a week from the Middle East and Africa; a ban on European flights would affect 390 flights a day, according to IATA.

Some aviation experts have even said that having so many electronics stored in the cargo hold could increase the risk of lithium batteries catching fire.

"An expanded electronics ban would disproportionately affect airlines' most profitable customers-business travelers", Harteveldt continues.

Business travelers are keenly interested in the outcome.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Tuesday Canberra is considering banning electronic devices on flights from some West Asian countries.

"There are a certain amount of things you can do on your smartphone to stay in contact", McCormick said.

The International Air Transport Association said an electronics ban would harm economies around the globe and cause an estimated $1.1 billion in lost time to customers.

Mr de Juniac told Bloomberg: "Travelling with your laptop is part of everyday life". "It's always incumbent on us to figure out where those who wish to do us harm are going to next and try to stop that", he said. Such devices would have to be packed in checked luggage. So he might buy a cheaper machine to use on the outgoing flight and while in Europe, then wipe it clean before checking it on the return flight. It could also cost passengers more than a billion dollars.

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