Australia considers banning laptops from aircraft cabins

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Australia considers banning laptops from aircraft cabins

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull revealed on Tuesday that his government is "looking. very closely" at the bans on laptops and tablets on flights from some Middle Eastern countries announced by the USA and Britain in March.

'In due course, any announcements will be made formally though the Transport Minister'.

The UK and USA have already banned the carrying of large electronic devices in cabins on flights arriving from certain Middle East and African countries.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said that Australia may also look to implement similar polices, the ABC reports.

Malcolm Turnbull, the prime minister, said his government was looking "very closely" at introducing a ban on the devices, as President Trump did in March for direct flights from eight Muslim-majority countries.

Critics argue that Trump's disclosure of the highly classified information threatened to fray the USA intelligence partnership with Israel, which collected the information, and could be used by the Russians to find its source.Turnbull met Trump for the first time in NY two weeks ago and hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Sydney in February, underscoring Australia's close ties to both countries.

Australia could be set to follow the USA and the United Kingdom by enacting a ban on laptops and other electronics on flights from Middle Eastern and African destinations.

The American laptop ban applies to flights originating from 10 airports in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar and Morocco. "If there's no specific threat or risk, then they've got to carefully examine it", Sydney Morning Herald quotes Coyne.

Geoffrey Askew, a former Qantas executive who is now working as an Aviation safety consultant, said the laptop ban would have a huge impact to both airlines and passengers.

A Qantas spokesman said Australia's largest airline was closely monitoring the issue and was in regular contact with the government and regulators.

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