Is The Cabin Electronics Ban About to Be Extended to European Flights?

May 9, 2017

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. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

There are indications once again that the cabin electronics ban that was put in place in March on flights from 10 airports in 8 countries primarily in the Middle East and Africa will soon be expanded to flights from Europe to the United States and possibly even to flights outbound from the US to Europe.

CBS News is reporting that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials have been considering expanding the ban for some time now and have met regularly with airline officials regarding the plan, with a final decision on implementation possible in the next few weeks. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) would neither confirm nor deny the report. “We have not made any decisions on expanding the electronics ban; however, we are continuously assessing security directives based on intelligence and will make changes when necessary to keep travelers safe,” the agency told CBS News in a statement.

However, TPG Contributor and aviation analyst Alex Macheras also posted on Twitter that a source has told him the ban will be in effect on flights from Europe to the US in a matter of weeks.

If the reports end up being accurate, travelers between the United States and Europe could expect significant disruptions and inconvenience. TPG writers who traveled on Emirates, Etihad and Qatar soon after the ban was implemented found inconsistencies and confusion in enforcement procedures, especially in the early days when airline staffers had not been fully trained on the specifics of the ban.

This is not the first time there have been reports of a possible expansion of the ban to Europe. A few weeks ago The Guardian reported that the Trump administration was considering extending the ban, but the TSA later told Bloomberg News that there were no “imminent” plans to do so. Still, the ongoing reports from reputable news sources indicate that a European-focused electronics ban is at least under serious consideration by US security agencies.

Click here for more coverage of the cabin electronics ban.

Featured image courtesy of leungchopan/Getty Images.

Delta SkyMiles® Platinum American Express Card

Earn 50,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new card in your first three months of card membership. Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at U.S. restaurants with your card within the first 3 months of membership.

With Status Boost™, earn 10,000 Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $25,000 in purchases on your Card in a calendar year, up to two times per year getting you closer to Medallion Status. Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels, 2X Miles at restaurants and at U.S. supermarkets and earn 1X Mile on all other eligible purchases. Terms Apply.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 50,000 bonus miles and 5,000 Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) after you spend $2,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months.
  • Plus, earn up to $100 back in statement credits for eligible purchases at US restaurants with your card within the first 3 months of membership.
  • Accelerate your path to Medallion Status, with Status Boost®. Plus, in 2021 you can earn even more bonus Medallion® Qualification Miles (MQMs) to help you reach Medallion Status.
  • Earn 3X Miles on Delta purchases and purchases made directly with hotels.
  • Earn 2X Miles at restaurants worldwide, including takeout and delivery and at U.S. supermarkets.
  • Earn 1X Miles on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a Domestic Main Cabin round-trip companion certificate each year upon renewal of your Card. *Payment of the government imposed taxes and fees of no more than $75 for roundtrip domestic flights (for itineraries with up to four flight segments) is required. Baggage charges and other restrictions apply. See terms and conditions for details.
  • Enjoy your first checked bag free on Delta flights.
  • Fee Credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✓®.
  • Enjoy an exclusive rate of $39 per person per visit to enter the Delta Sky Club® for you and up to two guests when traveling on a Delta flight.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • $250 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Regular APR
15.74%-24.74% Variable
Annual Fee
$250
Balance Transfer Fee
N/A
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the 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.