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Australia Could Join Laptop Flight Ban

Australia could be set to follow the US and the UK by enacting a ban on laptops and other electronics on flights from Middle Eastern and African destinations.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told reporters today that the Australian government had reviewed the bans imposed overseas and was “looking at it very closely”.

“We are taking into account all of the information and advice we’re receiving internationally and we’re working very closely with our partners,” Turnbull said (via the ABC).

“In due course, any announcements will be made formally though the Transport Minister.”

When questioned on the matter after the US and UK announced the bans, the Australian government had said there no plans to enact such a ban locally at that time.

In the US, the ban affects direct inbound flights on some airlines from eight Muslim-majority nations, with any electronic devices larger than a smartphone (excluding medical devices) banned from being carried on board. All such devices need to be checked into luggage, or not taken at all.

As reported by Traveller, the Australian government may be required to review existing legislation that prohibits lithium batteries from aircraft luggage and cargo holds, and potentially amend or withdraw it before proceeding with a ban.

ChannelNews has reached out to several analysts and vendors for comment.

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