According to Reuters, the Department of Homeland Security is getting ready to ban laptops on commercial flights to Europe.
The ban, which is expected to be formally announced this week, will require passengers to put their laptop in stored baggage during the flight.
In March, the U.S. announced a ban on laptops on flights originating for 10 airports in the Middle East. DHS officials plan to meet with airline industry officials on Thursday to discuss security issues, two people briefed on the matter said. Also on Thursday, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly will give a classified briefing to senators about domestic threats and airline issues are expected to be discussed, a congressional aide briefed on the matter said.
The proposed ban has raised concerns about storing lithium batteries safely in aircraft cargo holds, as the batteries have a history of exploding.
DHS officials were reportedly scheduling a briefing with key Congressional officials on the security threat.
Recently, there have been reports that terrorists have succeeded in hiding plastic explosives inside common batteries.