Airlines Met DHS Amid Concerns About Laptop Ban

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A U.S. ban on now ubiquitous laptops could cause havoc with more than 3,250 flights a week scheduled to leave European Union airports for the United States this summer, according to industry data.

The ban on carry-on computer is presently imposed on eight countries and forces passengers to put their devices into checked baggage.

While DHS spokesman David Lapan told the news agency that no official announcement would come Thursday, he did confirm DHS Secretary John Kelly met with USA senators from relevant oversight committees to brief them on classified issues including "threats to aviation".

On Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security met with lawmakers in Washington D.C., to lay out the groundwork, according to two Capitol Hill sources.

The injunction was issued after USA intelligence officials allegedly discovered terrorist organisations, namely Islamic State, were developing a bomb that could be hidden in portable electronic devices.

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Chief among the concerns are whether any new threat prompted the proposal, said European Commission transport spokeswoman Anna-Kaisa Itkonen, who confirmed the talks and said the EU had no new information about a specific security concern.

Emirates Group, which operates the Middle East's largest airline, said in a report released Thursday, May 11, 2017, that profits have fallen by 70 percent to $670 million, though revenue increased slightly to around $26 billion.

European regulators have already warned that placing hundreds of devices in the holds of aircraft on long-haul flights could compromise safety by increasing the risk from poorly deactivated lithium-ion batteries.

The United States could soon expand its laptop band to all flights coming from Europe.

The ban was first implemented in March, and is in place for USA flights departing 10 airports in Muslim-majority countries.

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CBS News reported that the Ministry of internal security of the United States considering a ban, which could affect flights to the United States from the United Kingdom.

On Friday, a European official said that U.S. and European officials will discuss airline security at a high-level meeting in Brussels next week.

"It was clear yesterday the decision to expand the ban has been made", an airline industry source said on Friday.

Numerous flights are operated by US airlines such as Delta, United and American, or their European partners.

Homeland Security said in a statement Wednesday that the restriction was under consideration.

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US administration officials said in March that intelligence suggests terrorists are able to hide explosives in laptops.