Mayhem avoided as US/EU say 'no' to laptop ban

"I definitely think it will change consumer behavior", said Patrick Surry, chief data scientist for Hopper, a fare forecasting app. Hopper is planning to warn consumers if their flights would be subject to the ban.

The proposed security measure vastly expands the ban imposed by the Department of Homeland Security in March on passengers from 10 predominantly Muslim countries from carrying devices larger than a cellphone on inbound flights to the U.S.

He also said the IATA would urge European governments not to retaliate with similar measures for flights coming into Europe.

Any extension of the ban could affect USA and European airlines such as United UAL.N , Delta DAL.N , American Airlines AAL.O , Lufthansa LHAG.DE , British Airways ICAG.L and Air France-KLM AIRF.PA . Homeland Security officials say they are concerned a radicalized European citizen who may have traveled to Islamic State territory might try to plant a bomb on a US -bound plane.

The ban, which is already in place on flights from certain areas of the middle east, had sparked fears of massive downturn in transatlantic travel, as businesses faced up to the prospect of lost work hours. They shared details about aviation security standards and will discuss the topic further next week.

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Here's why they're anxious: The route between Europe and the the busiest global corridor in the world.

The U.S. official addressed one of the concerns being raised by airlines and aviation safety groups: the potential for raising the risks of fires by placing more volatile lithium-based batteries into the cargo holds of airliners.

As you might have heard, the USA government has announced that they will be banning laptops from being brought on board flights entering the United States from select Middle Eastern countries.

Apparently, the decision not to implement the ban came because European Union officials were not thrilled with the idea and wanted to discuss - leading to a series of meetings. Emirates blamed the ban among factors reducing demand when it scaled back flights to the U.S.

The association expects that an expansion of the ban to flights from Europe will have "significantly higher negative impacts than the existing measures".

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USA authorities banned passengers on direct flights to the United States from 10 airports in 8 countries from bringing laptops, tablets. Information obtained by a US raid on an al Qaeda compound in Yemen indicated a new explosive chemical that is hard to detect may have been discovered by bomb makers.

Expanding the ban could cost $1.1 billion a year in lost productivity, travel time and "passenger well-being", Alexandre de Juniac, director general and CEO of the group, which represents 265 airlines, wrote in a letter to Bulc and U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly.

Almost 400 flights leave Europe for the USA each day, carrying about 85,000 people, according to airline industry and US government figures.

De Juniac suggested expanded random explosives screenings inside airports, which he said would improve security but would be less disruptive.

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