Trump Expected to Expand Laptop Ban to Flights From Europe, Officials Say

The original laptop ban was put into place amid growing concerns that terrorists could use laptops and other devices to smuggle bombs on board flights.

A statement from the Department of Homeland Security to The Daily Beast said that there has not been a final decision on the ban, but that "changes will be made" if they are necessitated to ensure passenger safety.

European security officials told the Daily Beast that the new protocols will be announced Thursday, just ahead of the busy summer travel season. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is evaluating threats to national security before deciding on the expansion.

The discussion, the latest in a series of meetings that have been held, will include domestic and worldwide airline industry officials, an airline industry source said.

DHS officials have maintained since the initial electronics ban was announced in March that the policy was under active discussion and could be expanded.

For now, USA officials are remaining tight-lipped on possible changes.

Flights to Europe and the United Kingdom could outlaw devices like his laptop in the cabin.

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Royal Jordanian said in March that cellphones and medical devices were excluded from the ban.

Kelly was due to brief senators on Thursday about domestic threats and airline issues, a congressional aide briefed on the matter said.

The airports affected include those in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morrroco, Qatar, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

If a ban is indeed coming, perhaps the DHS is giving airlines some time to prepare for such a hit to their operations.

Unsurprisingly, the ban that was imposed in March targeted non-stop flights coming from what the USA government considered to be havens for terrorist factions, particularly those that target the US.

Figures released by the US' Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recorded 33 incidents of fire emergencies during flights caused by personal electronics devices past year, including three involving laptops and two caused by tablets. The battery bombs would need to be manually triggered, a source explained, which is why the electronics ban is only for the aircraft cabin not checked luggage.

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