A report in The Hill cited CBS News as reporting that the Trump administration was looking at the benefits and travel disruptions that could be caused if the ban, which is now in force for some Middle Eastern and African airports, was extended to the UK and Europe.
The ban on carrying anything larger than a mobile phone on one's person while flying came into force in March. The US move was promptly followed by the UK but the two countries banned a differing list of airlines, with the latter including some British carriers as well.
The Hill quoted a spokesperson of the US Transport Security Administration as saying: "We have not made any decisions on expanding the electronics ban; however, we are continuously assessing security directives based on intelligence and will make changes when necessary to keep travellers safe."
The UK ban affects Middle Eastern carriers Royal Jordanian Airlines, Egypt Air, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways , Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad Airways. British carrier affected are British Airways, EasyJet, Jet2.com, Monarch, Thomas Cook, Thomson. And foreign carriers affected are Pegasus Airways, Atlas-Global Airlines, Middle East Airlines, Tunis Air and Saudia.
There have been suggestions that the US device ban has been driven by a desire to make American airlines, which have long complained about Middle Eastern competitors, competitive.