Homeland Security officials announced today that they are talking to airlines and helping them prepare for an expansion of the current electronics ban.

The new warning suggests that Western Europe and other regions around the world will become subject to a policy that is currently only effect on a handful of carriers operating from a handful of North African and Mideast airports.

The ban will prevent passengers from bringing electronic devices larger than a smart phone aboard their USA-bound flights.  DHS officials in their comments declined to say which regions are being targeted for the expanded ban, but did not rule out Western Europe as one of their primary focuses.

The DHS claims that it is acting on real and reliable intelligence that has led them to consider casting a wider net for the policy.   No timetable has been announced for the implementation of expanded ban, but with DHS meeting with airlines to discuss the policy, the timing might be sooner than later.

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