BRUSSELS/PARIS European Union and U.S. officers will satisfy on Wednesday to talk about airline stability, such as a possible extension of a ban on travellers carrying laptops in aircraft cabins, a European Fee spokesman reported.
The meeting was arranged all through a mobile phone connect with involving U.S. Homeland Protection Division Secretary John Kelly and EU ministers on Friday.
“The Fee will host superior-degree talks at a political and technological degree with the U.S. authorities this Wednesday afternoon May perhaps 17 in get to jointly assess any new threats and function towards a typical solution to tackle them,” European Fee spokesman Margaritis Schinas informed a day by day EU news conference on Monday.
Fears that a bomb could be hid in electronic gadgets prompted the United States to announce in March that it would prohibit travellers from bringing gadgets much larger than cellphones onto flights originating from 10 airports, such as those people in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey. Britain adopted match with limits on a somewhat distinct set of routes.
The United States has been mulling increasing the selection of airports affected by the ban to perhaps include some European types, prompting the EU to keep an extraordinary meeting of aviation stability officers last week.
Main among the Europeans’ problems is the fireplace risk from putting hundreds of gadgets with lithium-ion batteries in the keep.
In April, the European Aviation Basic safety Company (EASA) issued a warning on the security risk posed by putting quite a few batteries in the keep.
While regulators have been focused for several years on the threats of fires from lithium batteries, whether in cargo or own belongings or constructed into aircraft units, it is not simple to tackle any fires, in particular when concealed out of sight of crew.
“The main issue we have with lithium batteries is that standard fireplace extinguishers are not really efficient in extinguishing them for that we need to have to mainly deprive the battery of oxygen,” Patrick Ky, government director of EASA, informed Reuters in a modern interview.
“The concern is should we acquire a new fireplace extinguishing method, which is very likely to be high priced to structure and retrofit, or should we 1st test to lessen the risk of concentration of lithium batteries?”
Regulators have also introduced studies into more powerful baggage containers to insulate towards the risk of intense lithium fires.
“These two methods are what we are seeking at mainly because they would be a great deal extra efficient,” Ky reported.
For the containers, researchers need to have to uncover the suitable sorts of supplies that are each gentle more than enough but fireplace-resistant.
“On this we need to have a bit extra time,” Ky reported.
(Enhancing by Susan Fenton)