Turkey urging U.S., Britain to lift flight electronics ban

Turkey urging U.S., Britain to lift flight electronics banTurkey is in talks with the United States and Britain to exclude Turkish Airlines and Istanbul's main Ataturk airport from a ban on passengers carrying electronics larger than cell phones, according to Turkey's foreign ministry.

Foreign Ministry Spokesman Huseyin Muftuoglu on Thursday criticised the two countries for not consulting with Turkey before deciding to ban some electronics, including laptops, on board flights from some airports in the Middle East and north Africa, including Istanbul.

Muftuoglu said taking measures "against people that pose a threat instead of punishing normal passengers would be more effective."

The spokesman also claimed Istanbul's Ataturk Airport was one of the safest in the world.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said on Tuesday passengers travelling from specific airports, including Istanbul, could not bring into the main cabin devices larger than a mobile phone such as tablets, laptops and cameras.
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