"High-level" meetings are scheduled in Brussels Wednesday, as European airport officials worry about disrupting the travel plans of the 30 million people who fly from European airports to the US each year.
Earlier Thursday, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly met with senators from relevant oversight committees in a secure Capitol Hill facility to deliver a classified briefing to discuss numerous security issues "including threats to aviation", Lapan said. Officials did not say when a new ban might be imposed.
An EU spokeswoman said no decision had been made yet.
The United States Department of Homeland Security is developing a proposal to ban laptops and similar-sized electronic devices from carry-on bags and from being hand carried into the cabin. They requested anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the confidential meeting.
Airport and DHS officials worry about the workload increase for security personnel that would be necessary if the prohibition against electronics is extended to all inbound flights to the U.S.
Extending the US restrictions on electronics in the cabin from the Middle East to Europe would have a significant impact on the aviation industry.
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"Lufthansa is not aware of any additional security measures for Lufthansa Group-US bound flights or enhancements of the device ban by the US authorities by now".
"Passengers and airlines are obliged to comply with the applicable security regulations". "We have a meeting in Washington with airlines today on this topic, so we should know more after that". "After a week of quite big difficulties, 95 percent of people will understand the practicalities". That could include routinely testing laptops for chemical residues associated with bombs, requiring owners to turn on their devices, and letting frequent travelers keep their electronics with them.
The airlines declined to comment.
The E.U. and the United States will hold talks next week on a possible USA airline ban on carry-on computers amid concerns it could cause massive disruption as the hectic summer travel season gets underway.
"We're trying to make sure that there is good coordination involving airports and airlines", said Robert O'Meara, a spokesman for ACI Europe. There are already concerns about the dampening effect President Donald Trump's anti-immigration statements and travel ban attempts are having on tourism.
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