Steve Price: Australia considering in-flight laptop ban

Steve Price: Australia considering in-flight laptop ban

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has said the nation is considering signing up for the laptops-on-planes ban imposed by the United States and United Kingdom.

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

Citing new security intelligence, in March, the United States announced laptops, portable DVD players, tablets and cameras would need to be checked-in on flights from eight Muslim majority countries.

The federal government is considering information and advice 'we are receiving internationally and working very closely with our partners, ' he said.

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Australia is one of the largest contributors to the US-led mission against IS in the Middle East and shares highly classified intelligence material with the country as part of the Five Eyes agreement.

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

At the time the Australian government indicated it would not implement a similar ban, but Turnbull today suggested that position could be reversed.

"If the government has specific intelligence indicating a specific threat or risk in relation to laptops [on flights] to and from Australia, then as sure as I'm sitting here they would ban them from being carried".

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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.

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

The American laptop ban applies to flights originating from 10 airports in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar and Morocco.

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