United Airlines CEO clarifies Trump Administration attempt to ban laptops on flights

Efforts are being made to make the U.S. ban more effective by coordinating with European officials.

During an aviation industry meet on Monday, Oscar Munoz, the CEO of United Airlines disclosed that the Trump Administration’s ban on laptops is likely to be related to explosives being disguised as laptops which could be directly detonated onboard an aircraft.

Since there is very little perceived risk of remotely detonating such a device, authorities believe there is less chance of them exploding in the hold of aircraft.

As per senior executives from the International Air Travel Association said during an annual meeting that the risk of lithium batteries overheating on stowed laptops is also a risk.

“I think the greater risk is 40 or 50 laptops in the hold,” said Peter Bellew, the CEO of Malaysia Airlines.

Earlier in March, the U.S. government had imposed restrictions on large electronic devices in aircraft cabins on flights from 10 airports, including Qatar, UAE and Turkey.

Currently, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is considering an expansion of a ban on laptops and other large electronics in cabins. A decision to this effect is yet to be taken and efforts are being made by Homeland Secretary John Kelly to coordinate such efforts with European officials to make the ban more effective.


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