The U.S. ban on large in-cabin electronics may be spreading to Europe, if a report by the Daily Beast is correct.
The Department of Homeland Security is allegedly planning to ban laptops from being allowed in the cabin of U.S. bound flights originating out of Europe, based on fears that terrorists could use these devices to convert them into bombs.
This information was passed on to the news blog from various European and DHS officials. The ban was initially imposed on 10 airports in the Middle-East and Africa.
The decision is not set in stone just yet, but the DHS is seriously considering it based on present threat levels.
No final decisions have been made on expanding the restriction on large electronic devices in aircraft cabins; however, it is under consideration. DHS continues to evaluate the threat environment and will make changes when necessary to keep air travelers safe. – DHS
The ban could mean that the top three U.S. airlines could be affected, including American Airlines, Delta, and United. This could be a huge blow for passengers (including business travelers).
Airlines however are worrying about a bigger problem, and that’s the fact that laptops use lithium-ion based batteries. Defective batteries could result in uncontrolled fires breaking out in the cargo area. Should an airplane’s fire extinguishers fail to trigger, it could spell major trouble for a plane traveling at 35,000 feet in the air.