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    The federal government is closer to implementing a ban on laptops and large electronics on even more flights. The ban is already in place on some routes between the U.S. and parts of the Middle East and Africa, but now some cities in Europe are being added to the list. (Published Monday, May 22, 2017)

    The federal government is closer to implementing a ban on laptops and large electronics on even more flights. The ban is already in place on some routes between the U.S. and parts of the Middle East and Africa, but now some cities in Europe are being added to the list.

    Mike McCarron is an airlines consultant who helped us understand why the ban might be expanded.

    He says, government agencies “have information that terrorists are getting more sophisticated in how they hide explosives and they could hide explosives in a laptop or similar device."

    It comes at a cost of losing the convenience and comfort of your own entertainment and documents on your device.

    Packing those laptops in the cargo hold is also a gamble some passengers are not willing to take. They don’t want to separate themselves from their laptops fearing they will be lost or stolen.

    Some business travelers are now loading tablets with limited information and using that as their laptop for the trip.

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