Is the US considering banning laptops on all flights from Europe?

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Is the US considering banning laptops on all flights from Europe?

The Department of Homeland Security is considering expanding its laptop ban on more flights — possibly from Europe to the United States — according to multiple reports.

In March, officials announced travelers coming from eight Muslim-majority countries would no longer be allowed to carry laptops, tablets and other large electronic devices on board when they fly.

The initial ban, currently in place at 10 airports in eight countries, was put in place after U.S. intelligence feared terrorists could develop bombs hidden in portable electronic devices.

According to CNN, officials have said an expansion is “likely” but no decision has been made yet.

Europe’s The Daily Beast reported all flights from Europe to the US would be affected, citing European security officials.

But according to DHS spokesman David Lapan, no final decisions have been made, though an expansion is “likely.”

“DHS continues to evaluate the threat environment and will make changes when necessary to keep air travelers safe,” Lapan said in a statement to the Washington Post.

DHS officials are expected to speak to airline industry representations and lawmakers Thursday about security and consideration of the ban.

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