There’s still a chance that we might see an expansion of the U.S. government’s laptop ban, which currently affects flights from 10 airports in the Middle East, before the end of the summer. Earlier this month news spread that the Trump administration was considering banning laptops in the cabin of all flights from Europe, a move said to be based on credible reports that terrorist groups are planning to hide bombs in laptops on planes. Today, the secretary for the Department of Homeland Security said that the agency is continuing to monitor the threat, and it’s possible that we could see an expansion of the ban.
If implemented, a laptop ban could severely impact American airlines and travelers. In a recent conversation with Fast Company, Henry Harteveldt, a travel industry analyst and principal at Atmosphere Research, said “If this ban is expanded, I’m concerned that we are in for a summer of international travel hell.”