This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

This week, the European Aviation Safety Agency expressed concern over the ban on carry-on electronics that the governments of both the UK and the US have implemented recently. The Agency, which is responsible for air safety in 32 countries, said that many of the personal carry-on electronics that have been relegated to the cargo hold on several Middle Eastern and African airlines pose a specific security risk due to the flammability of their lithium-ion batteries.

The Germany-based agency recommended that computers and other larger electronic devices should be completely powered off and ‘protected from accidental activation.’ It has stressed that if a fire were to accidentally start in the cargo hold of a passenger jet, the damage would be ‘catastrophic’ because, according to the European Cockpit Association, it may not be possible to fight a fire started in the cargo hold as a result of so many lithium ion batteries being packed so close together.

Ever since it was leaked and then formally announced, the electronics ban has been fraught with controversy — US government officials claim that they have intelligence suggesting that larger electronics like laptops are susceptible to be repurposed as devices that can cause fatal damage to aircraft. The latest recommendation from EASA is likely to continue the debate — many airlines and other groups have expressed skepticism over the ban, claiming that it’s ineffective and poorly thought out.

See our complete coverage of the electronics ban here.

Featured image courtesy of Emirates.

H/T: Reuters

The best beginner points and miles card out there.
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

With great travel benefits, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game. Here are the top 5 reasons it should be in your wallet, or read our definitive review for more details.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
  • Earn 5,000 bonus points after you add the first authorized user and make a purchase in the first 3 months from account opening
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
  • No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
17.24% - 24.24% Variable
Annual Fee
$0 Intro for the First Year, then $95
Balance Transfer Fee
Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater.
Recommended Credit
Excellent Credit

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.