In March, the US banned laptops on USA -bound flights from 10 airports in North Africa and the Middle East based on concerns that terrorists could convert laptops into bombs.
European airlines are preparing for the anticipated widening of a US ban on bringing laptops and other large electronic devices on board planes bound for American airports.
While several sources claim that the expansion of the large electronics ban is coming, there has been no official word on the change.
Officials say the danger still exists if terrorists travel through Europe to get around the current electronic ban on direct flights from the eight nations.
DHS spokesman David Lapan confirmed the talks but said no announcement was planned on whether the USA government would expand the ban.
Earlier Thursday, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly met with senators from relevant oversight committees in a secure Capitol Hill facility to deliver a classified briefing to discuss numerous security issues "including threats to aviation", Lapan said. "This is not taking place", Jankovec said at a CAPA Centre for Aviation industry conference near Dublin.The United States imposed the ban in March and was quickly followed by Britain which imposed restrictions on a slightly different set of routes.
Passengers traveling with affected devices will be required to store them in their checked baggage.
Expanding the ban to flights from Europe would affect U.S. airlines, who are now not impacted as they do not operate to the 10 airports.
Airlines flying to the United States from European airports that would be involved in implementing the policy have been given a warning that it is under consideration, the department said. One possible alternative could be additional screening at boarding gates, but "the logistics are very complicated", the source added. They requested anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the confidential meeting.
USA administration officials said in March that intelligence suggests terrorists are able to hide explosives in laptops.
The head of the International Air Transport Association said recently that the electronics ban is not an acceptable or effective long-term solution to security threats, and said the commercial impact is severe.
Storing laptops in the cargo hold raises another risk: lithium ion battery fires that could create an explosion and bring down an airplane.
The DHS already confirmed that it was considering expanding restrictions on laptops and similar electronic devices in aircraft cabins, to include flights from Europe and other parts of the world.