Via Skift the U.S. is considering extending the electronics ban beyond just Middle Eastern airports to U.S.-bound flights from the U.K..
U.S. President Donald Trump is reportedly considering extending his laptop ban to the UK.
Two UK newspapers, The Times and The Guardian, carried stories quoting anonymous sources that suggested the current proposals might widen the current U.S. laptop ban to include one of the U.S.’s biggest allies.
This would be one way to answer the criticism of the laptop ban that it targets only airports with flights operated by competitors of U.S. airlines.
The UK’s Guardian newspaper says the policy under consideration is a ban on electronics larger than a smartphone on flights to the U.S. from European airports, not only those from the U.K.
Of course many stupid things are considered all the time and most do not come to fruition. Even things that aren’t seriously being considered are leaked as though they’re real to shift the focus of debate or to make ‘compromise’ decisions appear more reasonable. I do not expect a laptop ban that’s extended specifically and narrowly to flights from the U.K. I dearly hope that a European ban doesn’t come to fruition, it’s a silly policy that doesn’t promote security and the head of world airline association and standards setting body IATA has called for its end.