Australia considers laptop ban on commercial flights

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Australia could follow the U.S. and Britain to ban passengers from bringing laptops in carry-on baggage on certain global flights.

Turnbull has not indicated if the ban is being actively considered or any timeframe for a decision.

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

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USA authorities are now considering extending the ban to flights from Europe, triggering concerns of chaos on transatlantic routes.

Mr Turnbull said he is looking "very closely" at following the lead of the United States and imposing a ban on laptops in carry-on luggage on some worldwide flights.

And expect the new security protocol to cause extra delays to travel time.

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The government was "looking at it very closely" and also seeking expert advice on the matter, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Tuesday (16 May).

John Coyne, a national security analyst with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, said the United States' original laptop ban came from intelligence relating to a specific threat, and believed Australia would be unlikely to follow suit without a similarly defined threat.

Australia has flagged an American style ban on laptops in the cabin of some worldwide flights, may be introduced here.

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The affected airports include Cairo; Istanbul; Kuwait City; Doha, Qatar; Casablanca, Morocco; Amman, Jordan; Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates.

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