The United States and Europe currently disagree on the issue of carrying electronic devices that are bigger than cell phones when aboard airplanes. According to John Kelly, who is the US secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, the electronics ban should be extended. The ban currently affects ten airports that are based in the Middle East and Africa. Kelly spoke to reporters at the Washington Reagan National Airport, and he believes that the security threats are real. Europeans are also concerned about having secure flights, but they do not think that the bans should be extended. After conducting talks with the United State for a couple of weeks, they think that new means should be used in handling the issue. The method includes enhancing security screening at checkpoints at the airports so as to reduce chances of having bombings.
The United States’ main concerns are currently in nine foreign airlines that fly from 10 airports that are located in eight countries. The United Kingdom has also imposed bans six domestic airlines that travel from six countries. The UK has two countries that differ from America’s list. Other European nations have not yet decided to impose any bans. According to the National Transportation Security Center’s director, Brian Michael, the county makes its analysis based on intelligence. He believes that not all the nations feel like they are equally threatened. All nations have different methods that they use in judging their vulnerabilities.
There are real threats of bombs being smuggled into planes. In February 2016, a laptop bomb blew inside a Somalian Daalo flights and made a hole in the side of the aircraft. The aircraft, however, managed to land successfully. The newest security concerns of the United States are focused on Islamic nations. There is fear of explosives being planted in laptop batteries and still allow the device to be turned on. A US official offered the tip anonymously since they are not allowed to speak on the matter.
Countries are debating on the inconvenience that is caused by the electronics ban. Airline companies are concerned that they will make losses of over $1 billion in a year because of banning the passengers from carrying their electronic gadgets in planes. Pilots and various flight experts have warned against taking laptops in the cargos section since lithium-ion batteries could spark fires that are not easily detected. Statistics indicate that there has been a 2.8 percent decline in the number of the flights that are made by Middle East careers to the United States.