Yesterday, US and EU officials met to discuss the possible (and what seemed as likely) electronics ban on flights from Europe to the US. I know that many, including myself, were holding our collective breath on this one since it would cause a major disruption for the many travelers heading to/returning to the US from Europe this summer.
No Electronics Ban for EU to US Flights – For Now.
Fortunately, it appears that it decided that the ban would not be instituted at this time. The BBC reported on the this and said that the EU officials were assured that there would be better communication coming from the US on security issues.
This doesn’t necessarily mean it will not happen at some point but at least it seems to have been shelved for now. However, the existing ban on electronics larger than a cellphone in the cabin continues for the original 10 airports. This ban is to be held until October but it could be extended if they deem it necessary.
Airlines like Emirates have seen large profit losses in the wake of this ban as travelers use other airlines. This has to be the part that causes a huge sigh of relief for European airlines and even US airlines since there is now not a ban between Europe and the US.