Update: Delta has issued the following statement regarding the sign: “This sign was posted in CVG in error. It does not reflect any new news or guidance from DHS. Should be considered erroneous.” Hmmmm….
We’ve been hearing rumors that an electronics ban will be announced for flights from Europe to the US at some point this week. To my surprise this still hasn’t happened, and actually the Department of Homeland Security has been claiming that nothing has been decided for sure.
#SecretaryKelly continues 2 engage w/stakeholders about threats to aviation – this week w/ Congress, US airline reps and European officials.
— Heather Swift, DHS spokesperson (@SpoxDHS) May 12, 2017
Many reputable sources have suggested otherwise, and that a decision has in fact been made but just hasn’t been communicated publicly yet. Interestingly FlyerTalk member SFO 1K posted a picture of a sign made by Delta at Cincinnati Airport, which suggests that an electronics ban is in place effective immediately for international flights from Europe to the United States:
Attention International Travelers
Effective May 12 passengers will only be permitted to carry a cell phone onboard flights returning to the United States. All other personal electronic devices will be required to be checked.
— JT Genter (@JTGenter) May 12, 2017
Rather bizarrely, when asked about this on Twitter, Delta says that “the current restriction on larger electronic devices applies only to flights departing the Middle East for the United States. Delta is remaining close to Department of Homeland Security and, as we would in any situation, will continue to evaluate ways to align our procedures with a restriction in the event that it’s expanded to countries where Delta operates.”
The current restriction on larger electronic devices applies only to flights departing the Middle East bound for the United *TJ
— Delta (@Delta) May 12, 2017
What the heck???