The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is reportedly planning to ban all laptops from the cabins of all flights to the US from Europe - at least, according to a report in the Daily Beast.
It claims to have been tipped off by EU security officials, who suggested that an official announcement on the ban will be made today.
This will mean that, travellers from the UK to the US will need to check in their laptop or similar device, which will be placed in the hold. Travellers not checking in baggage won't have a choice.
It comes after the DHS announced a laptop ban on US-bound flights from 10 airports in North Africa and the middle east, with the UK quickly following suit.
That ban followed intelligence suggesting that terrorists might be planning an attack on commercial aviation, after developing the ability to convert ordinary laptops into bombs capable of bringing down commercial airlines.
However, the laptop ban could be doing more harm than good. As we know all too well, lithium-ion battery fires are a common thing, and if a laptop was to catch fire while in the cargo hold, no-one would be able to put it out.
According to documents seen by the Daily Beast, the FAA recorded 33 incidents in 2016 of personal electronic devices carried into cabins by passengers causing fire emergencies during flights.
What's more, if the ban were to be extended, it's going to be a logistical nightmare for airlines operating between Europe and the US who likely will have to extend their pre-flight screening process.
DHS has yet to confirm that the ban will be extended, but said it continues to "evaluate the threat environment".
"No final decisions have been made on expanding the restriction on large electronic devices in aircraft cabins; however, it is under consideration," a DHS spokesperson said in a statement.
"DHS continues to evaluate the threat environment and will make changes when necessary to keep air travelers safe."
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