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Laptop travel ban set to cost up to $1bn

19 Mai 2017

The media reported last week that the Trump administration was likely to review the current ban, expanding it to U.S. airlines. Passengers could be hit by delayed flights and higher costs.

The meeting included representatives from seven European Union countries - the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain and Italy - sources told POLITICO.

However, De Junaic said it was hard to estimate the impact on carriers' bottom lines, but warned it could be significant given the reliance many have to the lucrative trans-Atlantic market.

The airline industry had feared the widening of the laptop ban would mean longer lines at security, significant delays and confusion at boarding gates during the busy summer period.

Homeland Security previously said the electronics ban involving Middle Eastern airports was put in place because USA officials were "concerned about terrorists' ongoing interest in targeting commercial aviation".

Alarmed at the proposal, which airline officials say is merely a matter of timing, European governments held urgent talks on Friday with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. They agreed to meet again next week in Washington.

The existing ban involves 50 flights per day from 10 airports, primarily in the Middle East. Business travelers are trained to keep their company-owned laptops, tablets and other gadgets with them at all times for security reasons.

Including Europe under the rules would be a dramatic expansion of the ban, and the aviation industry is concerned that additional resources would be needed to comply.

A senior Trump administration official told reporters that any plan to expand the restrictions on large electronic devices, such as laptops, in aircraft cabins remained under consideration. It said the ban had a direct impact on demand for air travel into the USA and it faced rising costs from introducing complimentary laptop loans to some passengers.

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.

"Several other bodies also lobbied for more detailed and convincing risk assessments, including the British Airline Pilots" Association (BALPA). According to the airports association ACI Europe, there are 3,257 flights a week scheduled to fly to the United States from airports in 28 European Union countries this summer. The site estimates that 105,000 seats fly between Europe and the US daily, about 15,000 of which are in business and first class. About 65 million people fly every year between the U.S and Europe, many of them for business.

Instead, IATA proposed airports introduce more in-depth pre-flight screening rather than forcing passengers to give up their devices.

Visitors from Britain, Germany and France spend $31 billion each year on tourism and airfares to the U.S., according to the U.S. Travel Association.

Laptop travel ban set to cost up to $1bn