Australia is looking at introducing laptop computer bans on some flights

Posted May 17, 2017

Australia is considering following the lead of the USA and United Kingdom in banning laptops from cabin baggage on some inbound global flights.

PM indicates Australia might consider the ban on some worldwide flights.

The UK and U.S. have already closed the lid on carrying large electronic devices on flights arriving from certain Middle East and African countries, and are considering extending the ban to Europe. The Prime Minister didn't respond directly to these comments, but regarding the ban itself said that the Government is "looking at it very closely, taking into account all of the information and advice we're receiving internationally, working very closely with our partners". It's therefore entirely conceivable that those who plotted to attack flights to the U.S. either had Australia on their lists or added the nation after the ban.

"We are looking at it very closely", he said.

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Experts have warned the new security protocol could mean longer security lines, heightened delays, boarding gate confusion, and yet more hassles for passengers.

When the United States announced the laptop ban in March, the Australian government said it had no plans to follow suit.

The US and Britain banned laptops in cabins on flights from a number of Muslim-majority countries in response to unidentified security threats in March.

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