The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which is responsible for safe flying in 32 countries, said personal electronic devices (PED) carried a fire risk due to their lithium batteries and should preferably be carried inside passenger cabins so that any problems could be identified and dealt with.
In regard to the European agency’s concerns, the US Transportation Safety Administration said it had “coordinated closely with the FAA” (Federal Aviation Administration) on the logistics of the ban and that the agency had provided information to airlines regarding appropriate handling of electronics and lithium batteries.
The European agency, however, warned in a bulletin: “When the carriage of PEDs in the cabin is not allowed, it leads to a significant increase in the number of PEDs in the cargo compartment. Certain precautions should therefore be observed to mitigate the risk of accidental fire in the cargo hold.”
Computers in checked baggage must be completely switched off and “well protected from accidental activation,” it added.