The United Arab Emirates, one of the world's top aviation hubs, has said it was surprised by the ban on laptops in plane cabins bound for the United States because UAE security was already tight, but it pledged to cooperate with U.S. authorities. Washington announced the new measure on Tuesday, prohibiting electronic devices larger than smart phones in cabins on flights from 10 airports in countries including the UAE, Qatar and Turkey. That will hit Gulf carriers Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways but not U.S. airlines, none of which fly to those airports. The Gulf airlines have been battling a lobbying campaign in Washington by U.S. carriers that accuse them of receiving unfair subsidies, charges that the Gulf carriers deny. In the UAE's first official response to the ban, Sultan bin Saeed al-Mansouri, Minister of Economy and chairman of the General Civil Aviation Authority, said it was surprising because the UAE aviation sector and airports had proven themselves safe. “The UAE … [Read more...] about UAE says it’s surprised by laptop ban but will cooperate DTiNews
Britain and the United States have announced bans on laptops and tablet computers from the cabin of flights from several Middle East and North African nations. The restrictions are different in the two countries and only Britain has specified the maximum size of electronic device allowed -- 16 by 9.3 centimeters (6.3 by 3.7 inches). Canadian and French officials are considering whether to impose similar measures, but Germany, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand said they are not currently mulling a ban. Here is what we know so far: The U.S. ban applies to flights from 10 airports in eight countries. The airports affected are: Ataturk in Istanbul, Turkey; Cairo International in Egypt; Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates; Hamad International in Doha, Qatar; King Abdulaziz International in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; King Khalid International in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Mohammed V International in Casablanca, Morocco; Kuwait International; and Queen Alia International in Amman, … [Read more...] about Laptop, tablet bans on flights: What we know so far and how you can be affected
DUBAI: Travellers across the Middle East expressed frustration on Wednesday (Mar 22) at a ban on large electronic devices for flights to the United States and Britain that has sparked confusion and speculation. From Saturday, passengers on flights to the United States and Britain from major hubs in Turkey and the Arab world will have to check in any device larger than a smartphone, including laptops and tablets. The United States and Britain have cited intelligence indicating passenger jets could be targeted via explosives planted in electronic devices. Caught in the middle of the ban are thousands of travellers growing increasingly frustrated with what they see as an absurd measure. "Is there anything else I should know before flying back home? Navy blue boxers not allowed? Should I shave?" asked an American expat living in Abu Dhabi with a direct flight to the United States next week. As the Mar 25 enforcement deadline looms, passengers are growing increasingly wary of restrictions … [Read more...] about Laptop ban sparks ire among Mideast travellers World news
PARIS: The United States and Britain have banned laptops and tablet computers from passenger cabins on certain airlines' flights from some airports in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa, citing terror threats. Why this measure now? Normally, decisions taken by American authorities and implemented by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) are the result of specific threats identified by US intelligence agencies, Jean-Charles Brisard, president of the Center for Analysis of Terrorism told AFP. "Certain groups like Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) have been trying for years to adapt to the progressive security measures put in place by the US and their allies, in particular by miniaturising explosives." The new measures "will be based on specific threats, without doubt an initiative by AQAP, one of the most advanced and sophisticated groups - in particular with regards to miniaturisation of explosive devices," he added. Has this happened before? After AQAP and … [Read more...] about Laptops, tablets on airplanes: What’s the threat?
VietNamNet Bridge – A special night of experimental music, making sounds with everything but a laptop, will take place on Friday, May 1 at ATK. Vu Nhat Tan – File photo No Laptop! My Castle of Low Fidelity will feature local artists Lark Minkous, Vu Nhat Tan and Sound Awakener. Lark Minkous's musical soundscapes explore the dynamic and contrasting worlds of electronically synthesised sounds and acoustic field recordings. His live performances are unique to the electronic music scene as he does not use a laptop. Vu Nhat Tan's music is a colourful and fresh improve act. According to New York Times, "Vu Nhat Tan has found inspiration in ancient music, folk music, court music and chamber music from different regions of Viet Nam. For them, the influence has become a peak through the sound sometimes mysterious, sometimes harsh glare of life." Sound Awakener is the solo music project of the 19-year-old Nguyen Hong Nhung, who quit classical piano training in 2007 to … [Read more...] about Laptops exit stage in experimental music night