Australia considering laptop ban on global flights

Delia Watkins
May 17, 2017

Taking a cue from the U.S. and the UK, Australia is seriously considering banning laptops and other big electronic devices into the cabins of some global flights.

He said a large number of flights to Australia come through Dubai in particular, so a ban would have a major impact on business travellers in particular.

And expect the new security protocol to cause extra delays to travel time. "And you know that we are looking at it very closely, taking into account all the information and advice we are receiving internationally and working very closely with our partners".

At the time of the initial U.S. announcement, the government said it had no plans for such a change.

"The Government is aware of the changes that have been made", Turnbull said.

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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.

Australia has flagged an American style ban on laptops in the cabin of some worldwide flights, may be introduced here.

Several airlines fly direct from the Gulf States to Australia and the nation has troops in Afghanistan, sent others to both Gulf Wars and has experienced domestic attacks in which perpetrators invoked the name of terrorist groups.

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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