Australia may follow U.S. with laptop flight ban

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.

Turnbull told reporters in Adelaide on Tuesday that the government is aware about the latest changes on worldwide flights and it is looking at them very closely, taking into account information and advice from its partners.

"In due course, any announcements will be made formally through the Transport Minister".

The US ban requires passengers to place all electronic items larger than a smartphone in checked luggage so they can not be accessed during the flight.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has this week indicated Australia may now follow in the footsteps of the two nations by imposing similar bans.

Australia is considering banning laptops in cabin baggage on commercial flights to prevent terrorist attacks following similar moves by the USA and UK, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Tuesday.

The U.S. ban on laptops and tablets affects flights from Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City; Cairo; Istanbul; Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Casablanca, Morocco; Doha, Qatar, and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. He said the logistic of doing launching measures at screening points would be significant.

"If there is no specific threat or risk, then they've got to carefully examine it - the measure just going to cost hundreds of millions of dollars and not have any fundamental additional impact on security?"

The UK then signed off on the ban.

But the security and safety issues of bundling the devices in the cargo hold of aircraft is also being weighed up.

  • Rogelio Becker