LONDON, March 22 British Transport Secretary
Chris Grayling said he would be contacting insurers on Wednesday
to ask them to be "realistic" about the curbs on carry-on
electronic devices on planes coming from certain airports in the
Middle East and North Africa.
On Tuesday, Britain joined the United States in imposing
restrictions on passengers travelling from a specific list of
airports from taking devices larger than a mobile phone such as
tablets and laptops into the main cabin of aircraft.
"I will today be writing to the Association of British
Insurers to ask them to be mindful of this issue," Grayling told
parliament in response to a question that the move would put the
devices at risk of theft or damage.
"We will be asking the insurance industry to take that in
mind and be realistic about this ..."
The restrictions were prompted by reports that militant
groups want to smuggle explosive devices inside electronic
gadgets but Grayling said he would not give full details about
why the decision was made.
"We have taken the steps we have taken for good reason," he
said, adding it was in response to an "evolving threat".
(Reporting by Alistair Smout, writing by Michael Holden,
editing by Stephen Addison)