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segunda-feira, 15 de maio de 2017

EU demands urgent talks with Washington over laptop ban


Passengers open their luggage and show their electronic equipment at security point at the Ataturk Airport. Istanbul, 2017.
[Sedat Suna/EPA]
The Trump Administration is likely to extend the ban already applicable to flights originating from 10 specific airports in the Middle East, north Africa and Turkey because of fears that a concealed bomb could be installed in electronic devices taken onto an aircraft, officials said.
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US likely to expand airline laptop ban to Europe

The Trump Administration is likely to expand a ban on laptops on commercial aircraft to include some European countries, but is reviewing how to ensure lithium batteries stored in luggage holds do not explode in midair, officials briefed on the matter said yesterday (10 May).

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In a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly and Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, the EU executive said it was important that information concerning possible threats involving EU airports be shared.

“We, therefore, reiterate our willingness to pursue constructive dialogue and we propose that meetings are held as a matter of urgency, both at political and technical level, to jointly assess the risk and review possible common measures,” wrote EU Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc, EU Transport Commissioner and Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos.

While no decision has yet been taken, any restrictions could hit major European airlines such as Lufthansa, British Airways, Air France-KLM and industry sources have said airlines and airports have already been working on possible contingency measures.

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