Turkey to take airline electronics ban to ICAO

Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan says Turkey already implements safety measures ahead of international guidelines

Turkey to take airline electronics ban to ICAO

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey’s transport minister said on Thursday Ankara would take the British and United States partial ban on electronics in the cabins of commercial airplanes to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

“The number-one authority on the issue is the ICAO,” Ahmet Arslan told reporters.

“We [Turkey] are also a council member of ICAO. We will keep fighting against it in the ICAO. If you are afraid of terror, you should be afraid no matter where it comes from and take measures accordingly," he added.

Arslan said his ministry had sent a letter to the U.S. demanding it remove Turkey from a list of countries subject to the restrictions.

“In our letter to officials we stressed that terror activities and terrorists are present in every corner of the world and the fight against them should be performed synchronically and in coordination in all parts of the world,” he said.

The Turkish minister said no one had the right to say “Turkey fails in this or that issue”.

"There is not even a single deficiency. We implement measures even ahead of requirements of the ICAO and continue to do so,” he added.

Arslan has previously hit out at the U.S. ban. “This practice is neither fair for our country nor for the United States,” he said on Tuesday after the restrictions made global headlines.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Mart 2017, 16:10