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Italy has declined to join the US and the UK in imposing a ban on laptops and tablets from several Middle Eastern and North African countries, saying there was not enough “evidence” to raise security measures for airlines or to impose new “restrictions” for the passengers.

The decision came in a statement from Italy’s civil aviation authority (Enac) after a meeting of the Interministerial Committee for Airline and Airport Security, which had been urgently convened after the moves by Washington and London.

The statement said that Italy’s decision was “in line with the current orientation” of the EU.

The ban could have been awkward for Italy as Alitalia, its national carrier, is partially owned by Etihad, the UAE-based airline, and Milan is a stopover point for Emirates, the other large UAE-based carrier, on flights between Dubai and New York.

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