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Turkey's transport minister criticises electronics ban

Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 01:30

The electronics ban on direct flights to the United States and Britain creates ''unfair competition'', says Turkey's Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan. Scarlett Cvitanovich reports.

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Turkey joining an unhappy chorus of countries slamming this week's airline electronics ban. The U.S. rolling out new measures banning laptops and large devices in plane cabins on flights from several Middle Eastern and North African countries. Britain quickly following suit, prompted by reports that militant groups want to smuggle explosives inside the devices. Istanbul's Ataturk airport one of the locations on the list. Turkey's Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan says the ban should be implemented in other places as well, so it's not creating unfair competition, going on to question why a terrorist wouldn't do the same from a European airport. Another impacted country, Tunisia, summoning the British ambassador to protest against the decision, labelling it unjustified. The ban coming into effect on Saturday (March 25). Airlines left scrambling to mitigate its impact. Some - including Emirates and Turkish Airlines - introducing a service letting customers use laptops and tablets until they board flights. Then the devices are packed away by airport officials at the gate. Many also touting free wi-fi and better in-flight connectivity. Royal Jordanian taking a tongue-in-cheek approach, listing "meditating, or reclaiming territory on your armrest" as a way to pass the time.

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Turkey's transport minister criticises electronics ban

Saturday, March 25, 2017 - 01:30