Immediate dialogue with the US has been sought by the European Union regarding the possible expansion of the laptop ban for passengers on flights to the US to some nations of the EU and said that any risks that are faced are mutual. Officials in the US have said that Trump administration will mostly extend the laptop ban owing to threats of bombs being concealed in electronic devises.
European Union has written a letter to the US Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly and the U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and said that the data regarding security threats for airports in the EU be shared with the bloc.
Commissioner for Home Affairs, Immigration and Citizenship Dimitris Avramopoulos and EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc have said that they reaffirm their eagerness to hold a positive discussion and suggest that meetings are held immediately at the technical and political levels to mutually assess the threats and likely joint measures.
Though no formal announcement has yet been made, extension of ban is likely to impact major airline operators in Europe such as Air France-KLM, British Airways, and Lufthansa. It has been informed by the sources that airports and airlines have already commenced their work on likely emergency measures, as quoted by the Indian Express.
European Union’s envoy to the US is likely to hold discussions with the US Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly to deliberate on the issue. The US Commissioners have said that it is in mutual interest of both the US and EU to work jointly to address emerging threats in airline sector with respect to flight operations from the European Union to the US.
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