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Qatar Airways requests US DHS to audit security at hub in Doha

Qatar Airways has requested the United States Department of Homeland Security to audit its security measures over at their hub in Doha in light of the restrictions on large electronics devices in cabins. The carrier’s CEO, Akbar Al Baker, who was at the Paris Airshow earlier in the week, made the appeal. “I am sure that the Department of Transport and Homeland Security will revisit this. The best way for …

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Airports could be taken off the electronics ban list – US DHS Secretary John Kelly

United States Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly announced some measures that would help more airports from being subjected to the electronics ban. He also added the original countries on the list could be removed as well, with the aid of these very measures. Kelly stated that “absolutely, no doubt” the 10 airports that were placed on the much talked about list would get the same chance as the …

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US and Europe to discuss measures to possibly prevent expansion of airline laptop ban

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and European officials will be meeting this week to discuss updated security measures that could potentially keep the US government from implementing an expanded ban on laptops beyond flights from ten airports primarily in the Middle East. Although DHS spokesman David Lapan did not divulge specific information regarding security enhancements, he did touch on them and said that they were “in the …

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ACI Europe chief outlines current challenges in Europe

Airports Council International (ACI) Europe President Augustin de Romanet spoke on a wide range of issues plaguing Europe, including aviation security, during the organization’s General Assembly 2017. De Romanet took note of the progress achieved on security especially after the tragic terrorist attacks at Brussels airport and Istanbul-Atatürk last year. He also lauded the EU’s sound and effective approach, focused on smarter and non-visible measures. De Romanet also lobbied for …

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ICAO begins review of personal electronic device restrictions onboard airlines

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has begun its review of laptop and other personal electronic devices (PEDs) restrictions onboard airlines to help alleviate passenger security and safety issues. The United States and the UK have imposed these restrictions in recent months, thus triggering the review. With the increased usage of laptops and other similar devices, security and safety risks must be balanced while imposing any restrictions on passengers’ PEDs …

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Expanding electronics ban would cause major disruptions – Lufthansa

Expanding the ban on mid-sized electronics inside airline cabins to include flights from Europe can cause a lot of major disruptions, says Lufthansa’s Chief Executive Carsten Spohr. “It’s going to be a huge mess. It can’t be managed at major hubs like Frankfurt without major interruptions”, Spohr said while at an International Aviation Club luncheon in Washington, DC. Spohr also echoed what many European regulators have voiced out these past …

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ICAO calls for “prudent balance” for commercial air transport safety and security risks

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is creating two safety and security groups after the US and the UK implemented aircraft cabin laptop bans. ICAO also called for a “prudent balance” of all commercial air transport safety and security risks. Speaking from the Annual General Meeting of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in Cancun, ICAO Council president Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu emphasized that the security and safety risks must be …

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Laptop ban to be major topic at IATA Annual General Meeting

The much talked about laptop ban will be a hot topic as the International Air Transport Association (IATA) stages its annual meeting in Cancun. Numerous alternatives – sniffer dogs, bomb-detection technology, better training – to the ban are to be discussed as the organization seeks to find a solution at a time when the industry is enjoying a boom. With fuel prices priced low and 3.8 billion passengers flying last …

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Laptop ban affecting air traffic between Middle East and the US

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has said that restrictions on bringing mid-sized electronic gadgets into airplane cabins on flights from the Middle East to the United States has affected air traffic between the two regions. Overall demand for air travel rose 10.7 percent in April, but the growth rate for the Middle East airlines was slower than its five-year average, the global airlines association noted. The issue stems from …

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Expansion of airplane laptop ban not happening just yet

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is mulling expanding the airplane laptop ban but the policy is still being extensively discussed. Speculation of the policy being implemented ran rampant especially after an electronic device combusted inside the cabin of a JetBlue flight. However, it was later learned that the situation was more a matter for the Federal Aviation Administration than for the DHS. “The DHS element is the security. It’s …

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