The United States will not impose a ban for now on bringing laptops into airline cabins on flights from Europe to the US.
US aviation security officials stepped back from imposing the ban on carry-on computers on Tuesday.
But the Department of Homeland Security said a ban, already in place for US-bound flights from the Middle East, could still be implemented for Europe if the threat level worsens.
Secretary John Kelly ‘made it clear’ that a ban on passengers carrying tablet and computer-sized electronics on board flights to the United States ‘is still on the table’ when he spoke to European officials.
The United States will not impose a ban for now on bringing laptops into airline cabins on flights from Europe to the US, according to the Department of Homeland Security (file photo)
‘Secretary Kelly affirmed he will implement any and all measures necessary to secure commercial aircraft flying to the United States – including prohibiting large electronic devices from the passenger cabin – if the intelligence and threat level warrant it,’ the department said in a statement.
Kelly spoke with European Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc over the phone on Tuesday.
Both sides agreed on the need to improve ‘aviation security globally, including through a range of potential seen and unseen enhancements’, according to a department spokesman.
Kelly had told Fox News Sunday over the weekend that he ‘might’ ban laptops from airplane cabins on all international flights both into and out of the United States.
A European Union official said the call was ‘good.’
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the United States and the EU were working to continue to find a common response to the threat of explosives to flights.
The Department of Homeland Security said a ban, already in place for US-bound flights from the Middle East, could still be…