Wednesday's HOT MIC
The Department of Homeland Security plans to ban laptops in the cabins of all flights from Europe to the United States, European security officials told The Daily Beast. The announcement is expected Thursday.
Initially a ban on laptops and tablets was applied only to U.S.-bound flights from 10 airports in North Africa and the Middle East. The ban was based on U.S. fears that terrorists have found a way to convert laptops into bombs capable of bringing down an airplane. It is unclear if the European ban will also apply to tablets.
DHS said in a statement to The Daily Beast: “No final decisions have been made on expanding the restriction on large electronic devices in aircraft cabins; however, it is under consideration. DHS continues to evaluate the threat environment and will make changes when necessary to keep air travelers safe.”
The way to keep air travelers safe is to keep unsafe air travelers off international flights to and from the United States. Expect this ban to be vociferously opposed by legions of business travelers whose livelihoods depend on carrying their mobile offices with them. The sooner the feds start screening out hostiles and leave real Americans and others alone, the better.