Electronics Ban Could Expand to U.S.-Bound European Flights
A little over a month ago, ten airports in the Middle East implemented the first instance of an electronic ban on international flights flying to the United States and the United Kingdom. This ban mainly focused on laptops when United States intel became aware of a new terrorist threat in the form of explosives-ladened devices. Now, the United States is looking to expand this policy to European flights en route to the U.S.
While there has been no official word on this expansion, sources from certain government agencies have indicated that the existing ban could be expanding in the near future. This has prompted Europe to begin preparing for what seems to be an inevitable expansion of the policy. There has also been word that the policy would not only be on U.S. bound flights but also on those leaving the country. This is due to potential logistical issues the policy would present even though the specific threats are said to be to those U.S. bound flights.
Additionally, this news has led to a negative reaction in the stock market for many European airlines, in some cases causing them to drop as much as two percent. It seems that the government is moving towards more regulation in regards to electronic devices and that U.S. airports might be the next in line to see such regulations.