Despite earlier reports that US officials had opted not to ban laptops on incoming flights from Europe, the Department of Homeland Security has confirmed that the decision has not been finalized. DHS responded to the Politico article by emphasizing that the ban could is still being considered. The proposed ban would prohibit large electronics, including laptops, from being brought into the passenger section of airplanes.
The current ban applies only to flights from 10 Middle Eastern and North African airports, affecting approximately 50 daily flights. According to John Kelly, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary, expanding the ban to European transatlantic flights “would affect nearly 400 more daily flights carrying up to 65 million people a year.”
Kelly went as far as to say he is considering banning large electronics on “all international flights into and out of the US” without offering a timeline on that decision.