CBS News has learned the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is close to announcing an expanded ban on electronics larger than a cell phone carried on to the cabin of airlines bound for the U.S. A final decision has not been made but what’s taking shape is an expanded ban that is “likely” to contain a “substantial increase in the number of airports to include major airports in Europe,” according to officials familiar with the ongoing discussions.
Airlines say they’ve had growing indications the expanded ban could include all European airports with flights bound for the United States and have begun making preparations.
Lufthansa said in a statement that it “has internally evaluated different scenarios for possible enhancements of the ban.”
U.S. officials are set to meet with airlines Thursday. Federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies have been involved in these discussions and are generally supportive of a wider ban.
DHS spokesman Dave Lapan tweeted that “no final decisions” have been made about expanding the restriction, though it’s “under consideration,” he wrote. “DHS continues to evaluate the threat environment and will make changes when necessary to keep air travelers safe.”