US considering laptop ban on all international flights

"If a decision was ulti-mately made to implement this ban more broadly, the Qantas Group would naturally comply, but there's been no clear indication of that to date", a Qantas spokesman said.

The US is likely to ban laptop computers being taken aboard all planes travelling to and from the country, Department of Homeland Security chief John Kelly has said. "The most sophisticated that we look at, that is against aviation, that's the hardest to do but it's the biggest payoff for these people", he said. That's really the thing that they are obsessed with, the terrorists; the idea of knocking down an airplane in flight, particularly if it's a USA carrier, particularly if it's full of mostly United States folks, people.

"There's a real threat - numerous threats against aviation", he said adding that terrorists were "obsessed" with the idea of "knocking down an airplane in flight, particularly a United States carrier, if it's full of mostly U.S. folks".

The report has concerned many airlines that a ban on laptops in flights would lessen customer demand. Hey, if you're going to inconvenience travellers, shouldn't you at least be fair about it?

The TSA has begun testing certain new procedures at a limited number of airports, requiring people to remove additional items from carry-on bags for separate screenings.

"There's a real threat", Kelly told Fox News.

Asked whether the tougher checks would be expanded nationwide, Mr Kelly said: "We might and likely will".

Since March, the US has prohibited electronics larger than cellphones in the cabins of flights from 10 airports in the Middle East and Africa because of concerns about hidden explosives.

The original ban applies to Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait, Morocco, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.

USA travellers can expect more scrutiny of cabin baggage.

Turnbull added that the Australian government is presently considering advice and information that it is "receiving internationally", as well as "working very closely with our partners" on the proposal.

  • Leroy Wright