Back in March, the US government announced that they would be banning electronics larger than a smartphone from flights coming out of certain countries in the Middle East. This is apparently due to a threat in which it was believed that explosives could be smuggled on board inside a fake iPad.
However it looks like passengers flying out of Europe could soon experience the inconvenience that passengers felt when flying out of Middle Eastern countries. According to a report from The Guardian, they have heard that the US government could now be considering imposing a similar ban from flights coming out of Europe, although one of their sources told them that the UK could be getting a pass on this ban, but it hasn’t been confirmed yet.
In a statement made by Gillian Christensen, a spokeswoman for the US Department of Homeland Security, “We’ve said we will continue to evaluate the threat environment and make determinations based on that assessment, but we have not made any decisions on expanding the current restrictions against large electronic devices in aircraft cabins from selected airports.”
It is unclear as to why the US government could be extending the ban to Europe, but we guess we’ll just have to wait and see if it does go into effect. So far there have been some airline companies flying out of the Middle East that have offered up various workarounds, whether it be allowing passengers to use their electronics up until the very last minute before boarding, or offering tablets/laptops for rental during the flight.
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