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 for the industry's largest meeting of the year. Silvia Antonioli reports.
It's a sunny day in Cancun as top airline executives gather for the industry's largest meeting of the year. But it's a gloomy subject that's taking centre stage. Rising security threats a major concern, just days after a deadly attack in London -- the latest in a string of terror plots targeting European cities. (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." The aviation world is also shaken by an escalating row over a laptop ban. The International Air Transport Association is against President Donald Trump's efforts to extend a partial U.S. and British security ban on laptops in cabin baggage. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE INTERNATIONAL AIR TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION (IATA), ALEXANDRE DE JUNIAC, SAYING: "We do not believe that a ban (on laptops) is a good solution to address the threat as far as we understand that threat...There are alternative measures that are possible to implement, that could be as effective and probably even more effective." Travel restrictions from the White House are another worry -- but the industry is upbeat on profits, with strong global growth seen boosting demand for travel in 2017.