A meeting between security officials and EU counterparts in Brussels on Wednesday, did not see the US authorities expand the ban on laptops and other electronic devices larger than smartphones, currently in force for flights from some Middle Eastern countries, to include the EU. The meeting came on the heels of recent security concerns that laptops and similar devices could be used to hide explosives or otherwise pose a threat to aviation. The lithium batteries in most such devices can become unstable and flammable if damaged, by accident or on purpose.

However, officials said that other measures are currently being considered without giving any specifics.

This is another round of the everlasting “armor vs warhead” game, of preempting modes of attack if possible, preventing repetitions if not. It cannot be otherwise. Airline passengers will be very familiar with regulations already in place on liquids, or having to remove their shoes 16 years after the (singular) failed attempt to detonate explosives hidden in a shoe on a US bound flight.

In other words, it seems very likely that new restrictions will be enforced at some point and travelers should remain aware of this.

Travel advice

As always you should respect rules and regulations governing flight security. Keeping abreast of recent developments will enable you to avoid annoyance at the airport or having property confiscated.

The risk from terrorist attack remains low from the perspective of the individual traveler, and this applies to air travelers as well. You are more likely to be involved in a car crash on the way to the airport.

Make sure if your travel insurance will cover electronics which are not in your carry-on luggage in case you are required to place such devices in your checked-in baggage.