Australia considers banning laptops from airliner cabins

Dhaka,  Sun,  24 September 2017
Published : 18 May 2017, 14:39:49
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Australia considers banning laptops from airliner cabins

Australia considers banning laptops from airliner cabins
Australia is considering following the United States and Britain in banning laptops from inbound airliner cabins, the prime minister says, reports AP.

However, the prime minister declined to explain whether the move was related to an Islamic State group threat that President Donald Trump discussed with Russian diplomats.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has revealed that his government was "looking ... very closely" at the bans on laptops and tablets on flights from some Middle Eastern countries announced by the US and Britain in March this year.

Questioned by reporters Wednesday, Turnbull refused to discuss the intelligence upon which a laptop ban was being considered or its source.

"As prime minister protecting our national security and the national interest, I have to be circumspect and discreet on matters of national security," Turnbull said. "My job is not to feed speculative commentary in the media."

Australia would "work very closely with our partners around the world" in constantly reviewing aviation security, he said.
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