US-bound flight ban on electronic devices could extend to Europe

The travel community is up in arms at the possibility of the expansion of the travel ban of electronic devices in the cabin of selected flights from the Middle East and North Africa to the USA. The ban originally implemented in March by the Department of Homeland Security.

President Donald Trump’s administration has banned electronic devices larger than a cellphone, such as laptops, iPads and cameras, on certain flights.

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Discussions to be held next week in Brussels will cover the US’s plans to ban such large electronic devices in flight cabins on US-bound flights from Europe and other regions in the wake of increasing terrorist attacks.

The motivation stems from concern surrounding the growing ingenuity applied by terrorist groups to transporting explosives on commercial flights.

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Irish Times has reported that an expanded ban would 3 684 flights to the USA from 59 European airports each week.

It is predicted that trans-atlantic air travel sector would be severely affected. as it will cost passengers an estimated $1 billion, according to the International Air Transport Association, through loss of productive time in the sky for business travellers and longer travel times, reports CNN Money.

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