Australia may follow USA with laptop flight ban

May 17, 2017, 00:38
Australia may follow USA with laptop flight ban

At the time, the Australian Government said it had no intention of imposing a similar ban, but Mr Turnbull has suggested the issue is still under consideration.

Concluding his comments on the matter, Turnbull said that "in due course, any announcements will be made formally through the transport minister".

The US banned carry-on electronic devices on planes originating from 10 airports in Muslim-majority countries in March, with the United Kingdom quickly following suit. It's therefore entirely conceivable that those who plotted to attack flights to the United States of America either had Australia on their lists or added the nation after the ban.

John Coyne, a national security analyst with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, explained that the US' laptop ban move was triggered from intelligence on a specific threat, but Australia appears to have no such risk at the moment. "We are taking into account all of the information and advice we're receiving internationally and we're working very closely with our partners", Turnbull told the media.

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Australia is considering banning laptops in the cabins of inbound commercial passenger flights, amid global concerns about a new terrorist threat.

John Kelly, the USA homeland security secretary, has hinted that Washington may extend the ban to cover flights destined for the United States from a number of European countries, including Britain.

The American laptop ban applies to flights originating from 10 airports in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar and Morocco.

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