Canada still studying U.S. U.K. bans on in-flight electronics

Submitted on Tue, 03/28/2017 - 11:59

Canadian security experts are puzzled about why the federal government has yet to announce whether it will follow the United States and United Kingdom in banning most electronic devices from the cabin on certain international flights.

Washington moved last week to bar passengers arriving from eight countries from bringing anything larger than a mobile phone aboard a plane in their carry-on luggage. The ban applies to direct flights from 10 airports in Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

Soon after the U.S. announced its move, Britain announced similar measures and banned most electronics on flights originating in six countries: Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. Canada and other countries, however, have so far declined to follow suit.

Canada's Transport Minister Marc Garneau said last week the federal government was evaluating intelligence provided by the U.S. The government, however, has still made no decision on whether to impose its own ban.