In-flight electronics ban inconsistent, says aviation expert

A number of electronic devices have been banned from the cabins on some flights in the US and UK.

Also read: Laptops banned from cabin luggage on some airlines

The US rule only applies to 10 airports, but one of those is the world's busiest international airport; Dubai International.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on governments to urgently find alternatives to the measures.

Meanwhile, aviation expert Linden Birns says the regulation may hinder the freedom of movement and trade internationally.

Birns claims the restricting measures have been implemented without any rational explanation or clarity.

There are inconsistencies between what the US and the UK have stated in terms of the list of airlines and airports affected.

Linden Birns, MD of Plane Talking and airline expert

Why should a laptop be less harmful on one airline than in an other?

Linden Birns, MD of Plane Talking and airline expert

He advises that airlines need to consult with aviation groups and government to construct a global security plan.

Take a listen to his insights:

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