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Change it urgently! IATA calls for device-ban rethink

April 3, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on governments to urgently find alternatives to the carry-on bans imposed by the US and Britain on larger electronic items.

The bans prohibit passengers taking bigger electronic items, such as laptops, in the cabins on certain flights departing the Middle East and North Africa. The items must be checked in as hold baggage.

“The current measures are not an acceptable long-term solution to whatever threat they are trying to mitigate,” IATA director general and chief executive, Alexandre de Juniac, declared.

“Even in the short term it is difficult to understand their effectiveness. And the commercial distortions they create are severe. We call on governments to work with the industry to find a way to keep flying secure without separating passengers from their personal electronics.”

Speaking at a meeting of the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations, de Juniac said it was essential to maintain public confidence in the security of the global aviation industry, which safely and securely operated an average 100,000 flights a day.

de Juniac said valid questions being asked by passengers and IATA member airlines included:

  • Why don’t the US and the UK have a common list of airports?
  • How can laptops be secure in the cabin on some flights and not others, including flights departing from the same airport?
  • Surely there must be a way to screen electronic equipment effectively?

“The current situation is not acceptable and will not maintain the all-important confidence of the industry or of travellers,” de Juniac said. “We must find a better way. And Governments must act quickly.”

Reiterating IATA’s demand for better information sharing and coordination on security measures among governments and with the industry, de Juniac said that the only way to stop terrorists before they get near an airport, let alone an aircraft, was for governments and the industry to share intelligence,

“Airlines don’t want access to state secrets. But if airlines understand the outcome governments want, they can help with the operational experience to deliver that result effectively and efficiently.”

Written by Peter Needham

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