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I've heard conflicting news stories and hearsay regarding the topic: Can I take a laptop (and also a digital SLR camera with a lithium rechargeable battery) as carry-on luggage on a flight from mainland Europe to the US? Is this policy expected to change in the next few weeks?

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Q1: Yes. This isn't really in question. Laptops and Lithium batteries are allowed (sometimes required) as carry-ons. You will have to check with the airline you are flying as each airline and/or regulatory authority can have slightly different rules.

Q2: Sorry, this question cannot be answered. My estimation though is no. We will only know for sure when a change is announced. Update: That Answer is now NO because no change has been announced. However, it can happen at any time, though unlikely.

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    Please provide references for this. Jun 4 '17 at 9:30
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    "This isn't really in question." - well, it certainly was in question only recently. Jun 4 '17 at 12:36
  • Downvote totally unwarranted, wrong and unhelpful. There is nothing wrong with this answer.
    – Johns-305
    Jun 4 '17 at 13:45
  • @O.R.Mapper Laptops are allowed, this is not in question in any way. Whether or not it will change is not answerable. The answer is 100% correct. Any downvotes are totally wrong.
    – Johns-305
    Jun 4 '17 at 13:49
  • @Johns-305: Please read my source, or search for yourself. This has widely been reported about. A ban on laptops as cabin luggage on flights from Europe to the U.S. was absolutely mentioned as a possible next step by the U.S. side until very few weeks ago. (With that said, I did not downvote, as the claim "This isn't really in question." is only a tangential remark in the answer.) Jun 4 '17 at 16:16
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Which airline are you flying? If you're flying direct from Europe to the US - then you should not be worrying about it - Unless you're flying from U.K. If you have a layover elsewhere it can be a problem (for instance if you're connecting in Istanbul via Turkish Airlines)

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    Why do you have to worry about it if you're flying from the UK?
    – Muzer
    Jun 6 '17 at 13:48

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