Earlier this year on March 21, the U.S. had prohibited travelers from carrying electronic devices bigger than the smartphone into the cabins of flights taking-off from eight countries.
The Trump administration is preparing to ban large electronic devices from the cabins of flights from Europe, extending restrictions imposed earlier this year on flights from 10 airports in the Middle East and Africa. Cellphones would still be allowed in cabins but virtually every other electronic device would not be permitted and would need to be stowed in checked bags.
Last month, the USA banned laptops on flights from countries including the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey following fears that laptop batteries could be used to house bombs.
US airlines have in recent days been pushing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to find less disruptive alternatives, according to a source familiar with the discussions.
The Financial Times reports that the Department of Homeland Security will continue to evaluate the threat environment but has "not made any decisions on expanding the current restrictions".
"Just from London-Heathrow Airport, there's about 110 flights a day that fly to the US - it presents a challenge of how do you do that in a way that is efficient and effective", Pistole said.
More than 350 flights a day travel from Europe to the U.S. But, it's not just the airlines that would be hit.
The Department of Homeland Security may ban passengers from carrying laptops onto some USA -bound flights from Europe, expanding on a ban imposed on some flights from the Middle East and North Africa, sources say.
The U.S.is expected to broaden its ban on in-flight laptops and tablets to include planes from the European Union, a move that would create logistical chaos on the world's busiest corridor of air travel.
Storing laptops in the cargo hold raises another risk: lithium ion battery fires that could create an explosion and bring down an airplane.
The meeting came as speculation mounts that the Department of Homeland Security may extend the existing ban on larger mobile devices to flights from the United Kingdom and Europe.
"The phone call with U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly and "a number of" European ministers was set for the meeting later on Friday".
US airlines say they still hope to have a say in how the policy is put into effect at airports to minimize inconvenience to passengers.
Among the measures suggested, Bloomberg reported, were using explosive-detection swabs and X-ray technology to detect anything that might make passengers' electronic devices a security risk.