by Mark Albert
WASHINGTON (TVR) – The global trade representative for the world’s airports issued a stark warning just hours before security officials from the U.S. were to meet Wednesday with concerned counterparts in the European Union about expanding a ban on electronics on flights to America from Europe.
Airports Council International, in a statement, slammed a “lack of meaningful security cooperation” between the U.S. and E.U. as “not conducive to effective security and potentially compromises trust in the aviation security system.”
Government officials for several European nations have felt the U.S. has not adequately consulted them as the Trump administration considers extending the electronics ban, just as the busy summer travel season is set to begin.
In remarks at George Washington University last month, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said it was “likely” the ban would be expanded to cover more routes beyond the initial 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa, “given the sophisticated threats aviation faces” and in “an attempt to safeguard lives.”