US Said to Call Terror Risk Critical in Laptop-Ban Meeting

Posted Мая 19, 2017

So, what happens if there's a ban on having laptops, tablets and other gear like that banned from the cabins of worldwide flights to the U.S.?

IATA urged regulators to increase the screening of passengers, bags, and electronic devices for traces of explosives, and to do visual inspections of electronic devices, including turning on the device. Eastern to include additional details about the meetings between European and USA officials.

The two sides will meet next in Washington "to further assess shared risks and solutions for protecting airline passengers, whilst ensuring the smooth functioning of global air travel", the EC said in a statement.

In breaking down the IATA's $1.1 billion cost to passengers, de Juniac said in a letter dated Tuesday that "loss of productive time of business passengers" would cost $655 million, "harm to passenger well-being" would cost $195 million, and loss of time due to longer travel times would amount to an extra $216 million in costs.

European Commission spokeswoman Anna-Kaisa Itkonen said the EU had no new information about a specific security concern.

The Washington Post and other news organizations on Monday reported that President Donald Trump gave Russia's foreign minister and ambassador closely held intelligence obtained from a USA partner about an Islamic State terrorist plot to use laptops as possible weapons aboard commercial aircraft.

For days now, European Union officials have been hoping for details on the threat that prompted the proposed ban - the same details that President Donald Trump discussed with Russian diplomats at the White House last week.

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The move, which requires passengers to put the devices into checked baggage, came amid concerns that jihadist groups were devising bombs disguised as batteries in consumer electronics items.

Forcing passengers to stow their electronic devices in the hold could cause a greater risk to life, according to the British Airline Pilots' Association (BALPA), who say the risk arising from storing portable electronic devices in the hold where they may catch fire without being noticed could be greater than the security risk of having them in the cabin.

The existing ban involves 50 flights per day from 10 airports, primarily in the Middle East. The current ban affects 350 flights a week, the IATA said. This would mean that all large electronics would not be allowed in the cabins and would have to be stored in the cargo hold.

Potential plans to ban tablets and laptops from cabin baggage on flights between Europe and the United States of America have reportedly been shelved ...

The initial ban has hit Middle Eastern airlines hardest.

USA and European Union officials met yesterday in Brussels to discuss plans to widen the ban.

According to some media reports, U.S. officials defended the decision of U.S. President Donald Trump to discuss with Russian officials an Islamic State group terror threat related to the use of laptops on aircraft, while European Union officials said that they had not been notified on the threat.

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