Airports Council calls for solution on electronics ban

Published 11.04.2017 20:54

The Airports Council International (ACI), which represents 1,940 airports worldwide, announced that the electronic device ban must be ended immediately with the initiatives of TAV Airports Chairman Sani Şener.

According to a recently released statement by the ACI, the board of the organization underlined that in the meeting in Doha, Qatar, this problem can be solved rapidly with additional explosive detection capability deployed at boarding gates, and the use of "state of the art" technology for cabin baggage screening.

"Reviewing the ban, the Airports Council International (ACI) World Governing Board yesterday called for urgent consideration for alternative solutions. In the short term, these might include additional explosive detection capability deployed at boarding gates, and/or the use of ‘state of the art' technology for cabin baggage screening. In this regard, the ACI Governing Board failed to understand why proposals made by Istanbul Atatürk Airport have not been considered," the statement read.

Drawing attention to the difficulties the industry has faced since the introduction of the ban, the statement said the recent ban on electronic items in the aircraft cabin by the United States and the United Kingdom for flights coming from selected airports has again highlighted the challenges that the industry faces in the current security climate.

"Airports, along with industry partners and governments, put security as a top priority and understand the need to implement measures rapidly when a heightened threat level is identified. However, information sharing and coordination on security measures among governments and with the industry is also crucial to ensure effective security," the statement noted.

The U.S. and the U.K. have announced that electronic devices except for smartphones will be banned from cabin luggage on flights from certain airports including Turkey. TAV Airports Chairman Sani Şener said the ban is a commercial decision and initiative aims to hinder the development of Turkish Airlines (THY) and some other airports in the Gulf region.

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