Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Transport Robert Troy TD has called on Minister Shane Ross to clarify the situation regarding new carry-on restrictions on certain passenger flights destined for the US and UK.

The Department of Transport has stated that security restrictions for Irish flights are not expected to change in the “near future”.

Deputy Troy said, “Yesterday both the US and UK introduced new carry-on restrictions which prevent people from bringing laptops onto passenger flights from certain Middle Eastern and north African countries. Security officials have stated that the restrictions were brought forward after they received intelligence which suggests that the Islamic State is working on ways to smuggle explosives onto aircraft.

“Officials in the Department of Transport have commented that travel restrictions at Irish airports have not changed and that new security measures are not expected in the “near future”. This is rather vague and has left people wondering if the Department has considered the latest security threat given the new travel restrictions imposed by the US and UK. Furthermore it has left people wondering if the Department is planning on implementing new restrictions in the medium to long term future.

“Minister Ross needs to clarify this situation to ensure there is no ambiguity. People travelling to the countries affected by the new US / UK restrictions are worried that they could be prevented from bringing their laptops on return flights to Ireland should new security measures be implemented in the future. Minister Ross needs to make a statement on this issue to set out if his Department has examined the new restrictions imposed by the US and UK,” said Deputy Troy.