- Title: Fresh safety concerns hang over global airlines conference
- Date: 4th June 2017
- Summary: CANCUN, QUINTANA ROO, MEXICO (JUNE 04, 2017) (REUTERS) GENERAL VIEW OF BEACH PERSONAL WATER CRAFT GOING BY IN THE SEA LIGHTHOUSE AND A BOAT DOCKED LOGO FOR IATA DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE INTERNATIONAL AIR TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION (IATA), ALEXANDRE DE JUNIAC, WALKING INTO HOTEL ROOM FOR INTERVIEW JUNIAC SPEAKING WITH JOURNALIST DURING INTERVIEW (SOUNDBITE) (English) DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE INTERNATIONAL AIR TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION (IATA), ALEXANDRE DE JUNIAC, SAYING: "In previous events, in Brussels or in Paris, the traffic has reduced coming from certain regions of the world, so it's possible that there's an impact but it's a little bit early to know how big this impact will be." VARIOUS MORE OF JUNIAC DURING INTERVIEW (SOUNDBITE) (English) DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE INTERNATIONAL AIR TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION (IATA), ALEXANDRE DE JUNIAC, SAYING: "There's a real threat and apparently, we should take the appropriate measures. Secondly, we do not believe that a ban (on laptops) is a good solution to address the threat as far as we understand that threat. Thirdly, we say that there are alternative measures that are possible to implement, that could be as effective and probably even more effective and more adapted to the threat and to the nature of our activities. So, explosive technology detection, the use of dogs, training the security teams in the checkpoint." JUNIAC'S HANDS DURING INTERVIEW JOURNALIST INTERVIEWING JUNIAC (SOUNDBITE) (English) DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE INTERNATIONAL AIR TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION (IATA), ALEXANDRE DE JUNIAC, SAYING: "Any restrictions to trade or to travel is a disaster. So, we actively fight against any protectionist measures, because it's against the interest of the industry, we think in addition that it's against the interest of the people, by the way." JUNIAC GETTING UP AT END OF INTERVIEW AND LEAVING BANNER FOR THE 73RD ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF WORLD AIR TRANSPORT SUMMIT PEOPLE AT HOTEL LOBBY ENTRANCE TO SUMMIT AT THE HOTEL
- Embargoed: 19th June 2017 00:46
- Keywords: IATA International Air Transport Association attacks London Manchester industry airlines Cancun
- Location: CANCUN, QUINTANA ROO, MEXICO
- City: CANCUN, QUINTANA ROO, MEXICO
- Country: Mexico
- Topics: Economic Events
- Reuters ID: LVA0016JV5LQF
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- Story Text: A deadly attack in London and debate over travel restrictions in the United States put safety concerns high on the agenda as global airline executives gathered on Sunday (June 4) for the industry's largest meeting of the year.
Alexandre de Juniac, director general of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), said the weekend's violence in London could discourage potential visitors as similar attacks did in Europe last year.
Three attackers rammed a hired van into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed others nearby on Saturday (June 3) night, killing at least seven people, in Britain's third major militant attack in recent months.
Global airline leaders are also concerned about the impact of an escalating row over laptop bans and rising protectionism.
The Geneva-based IATA is at odds with President Donald Trump over efforts to widen a partial U.S. and British security ban on laptops in cabin baggage.
It is also worried about what it sees as protectionist rhetoric from Washington and Europe, saying this could temper growth in demand for air travel and freight.
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