May 10, 2017

Homeland Security to ban laptops use on planes from Europe

Daily Beast - The Department of Homeland Security plans to ban laptops in the cabins of all flights from Europe to the United States, European security officials told The Daily Beast. The announcement is expected Thursday.

Initially a ban on laptops and tablets was applied only to U.S.-bound flights from 10 airports in North Africa and the Middle East. The ban was based on U.S. fears that terrorists have found a way to convert laptops into bombs capable of bringing down an airplane. It is unclear if the European ban will also apply to tablets.

The FAA recorded 33 incidents in 2016 of personal electronic devices carried into cabins by passengers causing fire emergencies during flights, according to an FAA document reviewed by The Daily Beast. Of these, three were in laptops and two in tablets.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

If they want to make planes really safe they should ban shoes, socks and underwear.

greg gerritt said...

Maybe just stop flying. that would slow the kleptocrats as well as though who use violence instead of computers to steal

Anonymous said...

OK I don't get it. If devices are banned from the cabin, where a fire could and would be put out pronto with a fire extinguisher - but allowed in cargo... ... ...