Homeland Security previously said the electronics ban involving Middle Eastern airports was put in place because us officials were "concerned about terrorists' ongoing interest in targeting commercial aviation".
Critics at the time said the move amounts to a thinly veiled attempt to favour US carriers, who have long accused Middle Eastern based airlines such as Emirates and Etihad of unfairly subsidizing long-haul business travel flights.
A proposed ban wouldn't allow you to bring laptops or other larger electronics on certain flights, you'd have to check them instead. He said that the laptop ban would effectively put a 12-hour hole in his work day with every flight where it was in effect.
In a letter to U.S. Homeland Security chief John Kelly and EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc, IATA head Alexandre de Juniac called on governments to consider alternatives to a ban, such as methods to detect traces of explosives at airport security checkpoints, better training of staff and use of behavioral detection officers.
There is still no decision on whether to include European airports in the ban, the U.S official said, adding that it is "under consideration" and that the US reserves the right to unilaterally implement the measure whenever it decides there is an imminent threat. While there are questions concerning the safety of electronics with lithium batteries, which have combusted in the past, IATA recommended enhancing security measures rather than banning devices, according to the AP.
The Trump administration's measure barring airline passengers from bringing larger electronic devices into flight cabins could cost passengers an extra $1.1 billion or more if applied to flights coming to the us from Europe, the head of the International Air Transport Association said.
ACI Europe estimates that 60 percent to 90 percent of travelers carry an electronic device onto their flights, based on a sample of European airports.
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Laptops will not be banned from cabin bags on US-bound flights from Europe, officials have ruled.
Europe warned that extending the current laptop ban to US -bound flights from European airports would result in "significant disruptions". According to some experts, a bomb in the cabin would be easier to make compared in the cargo.
In the past, IATA, which represents the interests of the world's airlines, has argued that the current ban - and by extension, any additional bans - is unnecessary, ineffective, and harmful to travelers, the travel industry, and the economy at large. Tablets and laptops must be stowed in checked baggage.
The group's CEO, Joe Leader, noted that airlines have reduced service by more than 1 million long-haul seats in the 10 Middle Eastern and North African cities affected by the March policy.
For example, he questioned why airports listed in the US and United Kingdom bans don't match and how one can consider laptops secure in the cabin of some flights and not others, particularly on flights originating at the same airport.
An industry-backed group, the Airline Passenger Experience Association, said the US government should consider alternatives.
Emirates, the Middle East's largest airline, this month cited the ban on electronics as one of the reasons for an 80 percent drop in profits a year ago.