Midst a flurry of recent news reports from various sources, it appears that the Trump Administration is considering prohibiting passengers flying to the United States from UK airports from taking laptops with them into the aircraft cabins. The proposed ban would be similar to one already imposed on travelers from certain Middle Eastern countries. (Passengers must stow their devices in checked-in baggage on flights from the affected airports in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. These nations are U.S. allies and none are covered by the Trump Administration’s pending executive order that would ban travelers from six other mostly Muslim nations) The ban is apparently a reaction to reports of plans to equip an iPad with explosives.
According to the unnamed sources, British officials understand that their US counterparts are looking at extending the ban—it prevents any electronic devices larger than a smartphone being taken as carry-on luggage—to flights from Europe.
Hours after sending a “confidential” edict from the U.S. Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) to airlines, sources said, the Trump Administration hastily arranged a press briefing to explain that the ban had been imposed after intelligence emerged that terrorists favored “smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items.” The TSA directive is understood to be valid until October 14.