Published: Tue, May 16, 2017
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Australia considers laptop ban on commercial flights

Australia considers laptop ban on commercial flights

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

Citing new security intelligence, in March, the USA announced laptops, portable DVD players, tablets and cameras would need to be checked-in on flights from eight Muslim majority countries.

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

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Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has said the nation is considering signing up for the laptops-on-planes ban imposed by the United States and United Kingdom.

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

The federal government is considering information and advice 'we are receiving internationally and working very closely with our partners, ' he said.

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European and U.S. authorities will meet this week in Brussels as Washington considers whether to expand its laptop ban to include countries from the European Union.

His comments follow reports that US President Donald Trump shared highly classified information about an Islamic State terror threat related to the use of laptops on aircraft with Russian officials during a White House meeting last week.

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