IATA tackles Electronics Ban

2017-03-29 06:59
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Montreal — The head of the International Air Transport Association says it's difficult to understand how banning electronic devices in carry-on baggage will improve flight security.

In a prepared text of a speech Tuesday, IATA CEO Alexandre de Juniac calls on governments to work with the transport industry to ensure passengers aren't separated from their laptops, tablets and other devices.

The US and Britain are citing concerns about terrorist attacks to prohibit passengers on some flights from mostly Middle Eastern and North African countries from bringing laptops, tablets and certain other devices on board in their carry-on bags.

De Juniac says airlines and passengers are asking why the US and Britain have different lists of affected airports.

The International Air Transport Association represents most airlines that fly internationally.

Turkey sends team of experts to Britian

Also in response to the ban, Turkey has sent a team of experts to Britain on Tuesday to try to pursuade London to lift a ban on passengers carrying large electronic devices on flights from Istanbul, the Turkish transport minister said.

Britain issued a ban last week on laptops and tablet computers in the passenger compartment of flights from five countries from the Middle East and northern Africa as well as Turkey.

Ahmet Arslan told CNN Turk he "felt" Britain would shortly lift the ban "because our meetings suggest this" but said talks with the US would likely be "longer-running."

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"What I expect from the UK especially is for the ban to be lifted as soon as possible," Arslan said.

The British move came after Washington banned electronic devices larger than mobile phones on direct flights to the US from 10 airports in seven Middle Eastern countries and Turkey, allowing them only in hold luggage.

The UK ban affects 14 airlines

The UK ban affects 14 airlines including British Airways, EasyJet and flag carrier Turkish Airlines, whose profits have already been hit by a slew of terror attacks in 2016.

In a bid to make passengers "more comfortable" after the bans, the airline said passengers could use their laptops until they board.

The devices would then be placed in a special area in the cargo hold of the aircraft and returned to their owners upon arrival at the destination, Turkish Airlines said. 

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