NZ won't join laptop ban for flights

Large electronic devices carried in cabin baggage will not be banned on New Zealand-bound flights.

Both the US and UK have introduced restrictions on airlines flying from some Middle Eastern countries because of a terrorism threat.

But the Civil Aviation Authority told Newshub those fears don't extend here.

In Somalia last year, a suicide bomber detonated a laptop packed with explosives - killing himself but thankfully, no-one else.

UK and US authorities fear it could happen again, so they're forcing passengers to check-in large electronic devices on flights originating from some Middle Eastern countries, including Morocco, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

"There is concern that terrorists have developed technology that would allow them to place a bomb in an electronic device such as a laptop computer or tablet," travel industry analyst Henry Harteveldt told Newshub.

The ban is in response to intercepted intelligence, not a specific terrorist threat.

It aims to make a possible attack harder to carry out.

"It's not impossible that they can find a way to get a laptop inside a plane and detonate it remotely... but it's much more challenging for them and it's a much more sophisticated type of bombing than it would be if they just had the laptop device on their seat in a plane," former FBI agent Manual Gomez said.

Airlines have four days to comply with the new restrictions, and although it's a move to keep travellers safe, not everyone is happy.

"Those flights are long, people want to use that time to be productive," one traveller told Newshub.

The Civil Aviation Authority says there is no current threat to New Zealand, but it's monitoring the situation closely.

Newshub.

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