Steve Price: Australia considering in-flight laptop ban

Bruno Cirelli
Mag 17, 2017

The US and United Kingdom have already banned laptops on certain routes from the Middle East leading some carriers to lend passengers laptops and tablets along with internet access so they can work during long haul flights.

Australia is considering following the United States and Britain in banning laptops from inbound airliner cabins, the prime minister said, but declined to explain whether the move was related to an Islamic State group threat that President Donald Trump discussed with Russian diplomats.

Australia is one of the largest contributors to the US-led mission against IS in the Middle East and shares highly classified intelligence material with the country as part of the Five Eyes agreement.

He says they are taking into account all of the information and advice they are receiving internationally and they are working very closely with their partners.

His statement came after The Washington Post...

Experts have warned the new security protocol could mean longer security lines, heightened delays, boarding gate confusion, and yet more hassles for passengers. Concluding his comments on the matter, Turnbull said that "in due course, any announcements will be made formally through the transport minister".

The ban, imposed by the Department of Homeland Security, is already expected to be expanded to flights from Europe to the us but now flights from Australia to the usa are being considered.

Malcolm Turnbull is unfazed by the idea that other countries may have access to intelligence that Australia does not. "If there's no specific threat or risk, then they've got to carefully examine it", Sydney Morning Herald quotes Coyne.

But the security and safety issues of bundling the devices in the cargo hold of aircraft is also being weighed up.

The British security rules apply to flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

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