Why are they doing it?

U.S. officials said the decision was prompted by “evaluated intelligence” about potential threats to airplanes bound for the United States. The officials would not discuss the timing of the intelligence or if any particular terror group was thought to be planning an attack. Most major airports in the United States have a computer tomography or CT scanner for checked baggage, which creates a detailed picture of a bag’s contents. The equipment can warn an operator of potentially dangerous material, and may provide better security than the X-ray machines used to screen passengers and their carry-on bags. All checked baggage must be screened for explosives.

 

Now Britain’s doing it

Britain’s government announced Tuesday it is banning electronic devices in the carry-on bags of passengers travelling to the U.K. from six countries, following closely on the U.S. ban. The government said in a statement that Prime Minister Theresa May chaired a meeting on aviation security on Tuesday in which it was agreed that new security measures would be put into effect on all inbound direct flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. Under the new arrangements, passengers on the flights “will not be allowed to take any phones, laptops or tablets larger than a normal-sized mobile or smartphone,” into the cabin.

 

 

Canada is considering

Transport minister Marc Garneau says the federal government is taking a close look at the circumstances behind the U.S. and U.K. bans. But he stopping short of saying whether Canada will follow the lead of the two countries in banning electronic devices from flights originating in certain countries in the Middle East and Africa. “We will be reviewing the information that has been provided,” Garneau said Tuesday after the government’s weekly cabinet meeting. “We are looking at the information that has been presented to us we will look at it very carefully. … There is not a specific timeline; we are acting expeditiously.”

Source: Vancouver Sun


  • in-flight
    • provided during a plane journey
  • tomography
    • A technique for displaying a representation of a cross section through a human body or other solid object using X-rays or ultrasound.
    • CT stands for Computed Tomography
  • screen
    • to check things to see whether they are acceptable or suitable
  • explosive
    • Able or likely to shatter violently or burst apart.
  • aviation
    • the design, development, production, operation, and use of aircraft, especially heavier-than-air aircraft.
  • circumstance
    • A fact or condition connected with or relevant to an event or action.
  • expeditiously
    • With speed and efficiency.
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