USA may ban laptops on all flights from Europe

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She said members of the European Commission also sent a letter to their US counterparts on Thursday, expressing the EU's wish to "continue to pursue the very close cooperation" the bloc has had with the USA on aviation security.

DHS spokesman David Lapan said no announcement was planned for Friday on whether the US government will expand the ban and that no final decision had been made on expanding the restrictions.

A French official with direct knowledge about Friday's meeting said France planned to push back against the measure, saying there was no information to suggest a significant increase in the terror threat.

Eben Peck, senior vice president, government and public affairs at the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) has released a statement highlighting the importance of the issue to travel agents and the travel industry.

"Commissioner Bulc highlighted the potential safety implications of putting a large number of electronic devices in the aircraft hold", a European Commission spokesperson said. The U.S.is a major destination for Europe-originated flights, with more than 10 million travelers flying there each year from destinations across the continent.

Extending the US restrictions on electronics in the cabin from the Middle East to Europe would have a significant impact on the aviation industry.

Extending the restrictions to Europe would have a much larger impact on the industry than the ban in the Middle East.

A Capitol Hill source said it would be hard to institute the ban in Europe without expanding it to flights leaving the United States. "It will take more time to negotiate", he said. "After a week of quite big difficulties, 95 per cent of people will understand the practicalities". The head of the International Air Transport Association, Alexandre de Juniac, told CNNMoney in March that it wasn't an appropriate solution to the threat, would hurt the airlines affected, and should be overturned.

The airlines declined to comment. That could include routinely testing laptops for chemical residues associated with bombs, requiring owners to turn on their devices, and letting frequent travellers keep their electronics with them.

The controversial security measures have been criticized by Middle Eastern airlines and other aviation experts, who have questioned the rationale for the policy. The UK imposed a similar ban shortly after, although its list of countries notably excluded the large hubs in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha.

Business travelers are not happy about the prospect of being away from their electronic devices on long flights, NPR's David Schaper reports.

A Delta spokesman said the sign was posted in error by an employee at the airport.

Leicester reported from Paris.

Corrects to Friday, sted Saturday, in second to last paragraph.