March 21, 2017 12:53 pm
Updated: March 21, 2017 7:55 pm

Canada reviewing threats that prompted US, UK electronics travel ban

WATCH ABOVE: The U.S. and U.K. are banning certain electronic items, other than phones, from being carried in the cabin on some flights. Ines de La Cuetara explains and tells you if Canada will follow suit.


Canada is considering introducing restrictions on electronics in cabins of planes, Transport Minister Marc Garneau said Tuesday.

“We are looking at the information that has been presented to us,” said Garneau. “There is not a specific timeline but we are acting expeditiously.”

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On Monday, the U.S. introduced temporary electronic device restrictions for passengers flying from several Middle Eastern and North African countries.

All electronic devices other than cellphones and medical devices, such as laptops and tablets, will be required to be packed in checked luggage. The ban follows reports that explosive devices might be smuggled inside electronic gadgets, U.S. officials said Monday.

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Garneau said he discussed the reasons for the U.S. ban with Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly on Monday and again on Tuesday.

“He made us aware of a situation we are analyzing very carefully,” Garneau said.

“It is our duty and our obligations, basically, to look at in detail information that has been provided to us by other intelligence communities.”

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On Tuesday the U.K. also introduced restrictions, banning laptops and other larger electronics from being carried into a flight’s cabin on planes from six countries.

Travellers arriving in the U.K. directly from Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Jordan will be required to check any device bigger than 16 centimetres in length.

WATCH: Canada to review threats that led to US, UK laptop ban on flights  

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