US Homeland Security: No announcement Friday on laptop ban expansion

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The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) secretary met with airline representatives today to discuss security threats to aviation, as the agency considers expanding a controversial ban on large electronics in aircraft cabins to include flights from other regions.

The Trump administration is preparing to ban large electronic devices from the cabins of flights from Europe, extending restrictions imposed earlier this year on flights from 10 airports in the Middle East and Africa.

The ban on large electronic devices in airline cabins could expand to flights from the US to Europe, and travel industry organizations are speaking out on the change.

"We'll likely expand the restrictions", Lapan said in a statement.

But Homeland Security officials met Thursday with high-ranking executives of the three leading US airlines - American, Delta and United - and the industry's leading USA trade group, Airlines for America, to discuss expanding the laptop policy to flights arriving from Europe.

A new ban would affect all US airlines, including American Airlines, which has a hub and a trans-Atlantic gateway at Philadelphia International Airport.

The airline industry source said Friday that the DHS was not receptive to suggested alternatives to an all-out ban. If it spreads to Europe, "it's simply a matter of time" before laptops are banned in the cabins of domestic USA flights, he said.

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security organized a telephone conference to take place Friday afternoon with "key European partners" - France, Britain, Germany, Spain and Italy.

The Department of Homeland Security is considering expanding its laptop ban on more flights - possibly from Europe to the United States - according to multiple reports.

The afternoon meeting included high level executives from Delta Air Lines Inc, United Airlines Inc, American Airlines Group Inc and trade group Airlines for America, the sources said.

A report by Reuters said that the usa government is reviewing "how to ensure lithium batteries stored in luggage holds do not explode in midair". "It is slightly premature but it is clear that we have also looked into all the possible options", Hololei said. Baggage in cargo usually goes through a more sophisticated screening process than carry-on bags.

US airlines say they still hope to have a say in how the policy is put into effect at airports to minimize inconvenience to passengers.

Kelly was scheduled to meet President Donald Trump on Friday but a DHS official said the meeting is about a different topic.