Websites in the USA are reporting that the Trump administration is considering expanding the flight ban on laptops from Middle Eastern airports to all European flights … and possibly other regions as well.
Now, it appears that ban might arrive as soon as next week which would mean electronic devices larger than mobile phones being stored in the hold ... and devices typically taken on board by passengers are pictured (left).
The Transportation Security Administration and Federal Aviation Administration are apparently laying the groundwork for the ban, and although Homeland Security chief John Kelly has insisted the rule is simply being considered, airlines are prepared for it to be put into effect.
This is happening despite the concerns of many pilots that such a ban will make flights less safe.
Pilots prefer batteries in the cabin, where attendants can get at them, instead of the hold, where fire suppression systems may not be enough to protect the flight.
Major airlines are now prepared for these incidents with a new invention called AvSax which is now carried on all 1,334 Delta Air Lines aircraft worldwide.
Other major carriers also have AvSax.
Planes carrying 100 passengers could have around 500 lithium ion batteries on board when you tot up all the laptops, cameras, e-readers, tablet computers and mobile phones … and they pose a potential fire danger.