|European aviation is bracing itself for the US
to dramatically widen its ban on larger electronics being allowed in the cabin.
I am hearing that the entire continent could be included. One airline CEO told me he knows It’s coming, he just doesn’t know when. Plans at major airports like Heathrow and Amsterdam are being made to quarantine US bound flights so they can do secondary security screening for laptops in hand baggage.
All that said, this ban when it arrives, is nonsense. If the security situation is that bad then an agreement is required. Think about it logically: if it’s possible to get a device on a plane out of, say, Frankfurt, what difference does it make if the plane is bound for the US or elsewhere?
Oh, and there’s worse; if the ban does come into force, expect European safety regulators to balk at so many lithium batteries going into the hold – itself a major fire risk. All these arguments are being pressed hard by the Europeans. But it seems the Americans aren’t listening. According to one source, the the US is “hell bent” on expanding its ban.