Is the Department of Homeland Security about to announce a ban on laptops aboard all U.S.-bound flights from Europe?
The Daily Beast reports that according to European security officials, the ban is set to be announced on Thursday. It’s an expansion of a ban already in place at 10 airports in North Africa and the Middle East.
What led to that ban, according to The Daily Beast, and what is leading to this new expansion of the ban into Europe is intelligence gathered in a raid in Yemen this past January, which says that terrorists have developed bombs that fit inside laptops.
DHS gave this statement to The Daily Beast:
No final decisions have been 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.
Reuters is reporting that only some European countries will be impacted by the new ban.
In the initial ban, DHS prohibited laptops, tablets, cameras, travel printers and games bigger than a smartphone at the 10 airports.
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