Canberra, May 17: After United States and Britain, now Australia too bans carrying laptops on flights. On Tuesday Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that the government was "looking very closely" at the bans on laptops and tablets on flights from some Middle Eastern countries.
Turnbull said "We are taking into account all of the information and advice we're receiving internationally and we're working very closely with our partners. In due course, any announcements will be made formally though the Transport Minister." But today Turnbull refused to discuss the intelligence upon which a laptop ban was being considered or its source.
"As a Prime Minister, protecting our national security and the national interest, I have to be circumspect and discreet on matters of national security," Turnbull said. "My job is not to feed speculative commentary in the media."
"I can assure you the relationship between Australia and the United States in terms of intelligence sharing is as close as it possibly could be and we have no concerns about any other country, having privileged access to information we don't have," said Turnbull.
Turnbull met Trump for the first time in New York two weeks ago and hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Sydney in February, underscoring Australia's close ties to both countries. The U.S. ban on laptops and tablets affects flights from Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City; Cairo; Istanbul; Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Casablanca, Morocco; Doha, Qatar, and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. The British security rules apply to flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.