United States to ban carry-on laptops on all flights from Europe

The Department of Homeland Security of the United States is likely to ban laptops, tablets, and other large electronic devices except phones on flights from Europe to the United States. This move is likely an expansion of the current ban that was put in place back in March. The US has banned carry-on laptops, tablets, and other electronic devices other than phones on flights on 10 Muslim-majority countries of Middel-East and Africa.

The ban is being considered by DHS after intelligence warned about portable bombs being developed by the Islamic State that would be hidden in small electronic devices. David Lapan, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, said the agency had not decided whether to extend the ban. “We’ll likely expand the restrictions,” he said.

“No final decisions made on expanding the restriction on large electronic devices in aircraft cabins; however, it is under consideration. DHS continues to evaluate the threat environment and will make changes when necessary to keep air travelers safe,” Lapan wrote on Twitter.

An airline official said that there are potential threats from the European Union nations or People with dual citizenship in Iran, Iraq, or Syria that they would target the US-inbound flights. The American government has had problems detecting explosives in laptops, intelligence officials said. In some tests, fake explosives hidden in laptops had gotten through security scanners almost without fail, they said.

Likewise, United Kingdom has also banned laptops and other electronic devices on flights from some countries in Middle East and Africa. Anyhow, neither ban is going to stop officials from checking passengers’ belongings before boarding the flight.