A larger laptop ban is off, but other travel changes pushed

Airlines discussing strict rules on laptops

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Talks on a proposed U.S. ban on laptops and tablets in flights from Europe ended today in Brussels with no ban - and a promise of more talks and better intelligence sharing.

For days now, European Union officials have been hoping for details on the threat that prompted the proposed ban - the same details that President Donald Trump discussed with Russian diplomats at the White House last week.

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“Groups were warning this would be a major, major change and a major disruption as well,” said Mark Albert of The Voyage Report.

The International Air Transport Association, which represents 265 member airlines, said the impact on travelers would exceed a billion dollars a year.

“We urge the adoption of several short term measures as an alternative to the broad extension of the current ban,” said IATA Director General Alexandre de Juniac in a letter to European and American transportation officials.

Representatives from both groups will meet again in Washington next week.

 

 

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