The Times is reporting that President Trump is considering expanding the laptop ban to certain European airports including those in the UK. The ban would restrict passengers from bringing laptops and iPads in their hand luggage when boarding a US bound plane. It would work similar to the one announced in March for Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the UAE. That ban was issued due to increased concerns that terrorists had created laptop bombs.
The Times reports that the ban could come in just a few weeks, but that no final decision has been made.
British security chiefs have been put on alert that the US is planning to impose its laptop ban on incoming flights from some parts of Europe — a move that could be implemented within weeks. They are waiting to see whether Britain is included, according to a senior Whitehall source. Several informed sources confirmed that the US was considering plans to include Britain but no final decision has been taken. “As with everything from Trump’s America, there are conflicting reports about where, when and what,” one Whitehall insider said.