Passengers flying to the US from the UK could soon face a ban on carrying laptops, according to multiple reports.
News of the restriction comes after the US government barred passengers on nonstop, US-bound flights from eight mostly Middle Eastern and North African countries from bringing laptops, tablets and electronic devices on board in carry-on bags last month.
Sources have told The Guardian that Trump's administration is looking to extend the ban to flights from Europe. Although it's not yet clear if this would include the UK, one Whitehall source said Britain was on the list of countries being considered. This would mean electronic devices larger than a mobile phone must be checked in and stored in the hold.
US authorities have not yet confirmed if they will be extending the electronic devices ban to flights from other countries. Gillian Christensen, a spokeswoman for the US Department of Homeland Security, said: "We've said we will continue to evaluate the threat environment and make determinations based on that assessment, but we have not made any decisions on expanding the current restrictions against large electronic devices in aircraft cabins from selected airports."
Following the US ban, the UK also barred electronic devices on flights from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Turkey. The restrictions have been criticised by some aviation security experts, who say there are serious downsides to the policy.
"There would be a huge disadvantage to having everyone put their electronics in checked baggage," said Jeffrey Price, a professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver. He said thefts from baggage would increase and warned that some laptops have batteries that can catch fire - an event which is easier to detect in the cabin than in the hold.