Australia could ban all electronic devices on flights

FLYING with kids is not exactly a relaxing experience, and it could be set to get a hell of a lot more stressful.

After the UK and US banned electronic devices from carry-on luggage on certain international flights in March, our government said it had no desire to follow suit.

But fast forward two months and things are a little bit different.

Prime Minister Malclom Turnbull is now saying the policy is in fact still under consideration.

"We are looking at it very closely," Mr Turnbull said in Adelaide on Tuesday.

"We are taking into account all of the information and advice we're receiving internationally and we're working very closely with our partners.

"In due course, any announcements will be made formally though the Transport Minister."

Transport Minister Darren Chester said Australia had a comprehensive and strong security system in place, with the safety of the travelling public a priority.

"The government continuously monitors shifts in the threat environment domestically and overseas to ensure we have the best security arrangements in place to meet the challenges we face," he said

Mothers everywhere are beginning to break out in cold sweats just at the thought of boarding a long-haul flight with their little darlings and no technology on tap.

"No deal. I would be bored sh*tless and stressed because nothing to entertain the kids and they would not sit still and start annoying passengers - I would not cope at all," says on disturbed mum says.

"I would DIE! Does this include Kindles? I guess we'd still have movies to watch, but it would make travelling with kids much harder," says another.

"How are you supposed to keep children entertained - I know parents used to do it, I'm sure there is a way - but on a long haul flight?" one mum asks.

"It's not 2007. Just use a tablet. But if it includes all devices then I'd throw the cup I was forced to urinate into right in their faces," said one feisty mum referring to another mother who revealed last week that she was forced to pee in a cup while squatting over her seat.

But - then there's always one who isn't in the slightest bit fazed about the proposed ban.

"I've travelled on a 22-hr flight with the boys when they were 2 and 4 and the in-flight entertainment was such a novelty nobody would have wanted a device. Back then they didn't have devices but even now they'd much rather watch unlimited movies over playing on a device without an internet connection."

This article originally appeared on Kidspot and has been republished here with permission.

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