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US and UK ban cabin electronics on selected inbound flights

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Just yesterday, the US and UK have announced new carry-on restrictions banning laptops (and electronic devices larger than mobile phone, or measuring 16 x 9.3cm) on certain passenger flights.

The requirement forbids passengers from bringing laptops, iPads, Kindles and even cameras larger than mobile phones into the cabin. All such devices – except medical devices – must be checked in.

The US-bound electronics ban is relegated to ten airports in eight countries:

  • Mohammed V International, Casablanca, Morocco
  • Ataturk Airport, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Cairo International Airport, Egypt
  • Queen Alia International, Amman, Jordan
  • King Abdulaziz International, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • King Khalid International, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Kuwait International Airport
  • Hamad International, Doha, Qatar
  • Abu Dhabi International, United Arab Emirates
  • Dubai International, United Arab Emirates

The 9 affected airlines covered by the US ban include Royal Jordanian, Egyptair, Turkish Airlines, Saudia Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Morocco, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad.

The similar British ban, announced hours after the American measure, applies to 6 countries:

  • Ataturk Airport, Turkey
  • Rafic-Hariri Airport, Lebanon
  • Queen Alia International, Jordan
  • Cairo International Airport, Egypt
  • Carthage International Airport, Tunisia
  • King Khalid International, Saudi Arabia

_95259009_uk_airport_laptop_ban_624_v1Unlike the US ban that excludes US carriers, the UK ban also includes British carriers like British Airways, Easyjet, Jet 2, Monarch, Thomas Cook and Thomson.  The plan will also affect codeshare flights with partners like Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airways, Atlas-Global, Egyptair, Tunisair, Royal Jordanian, Saudi and Middle East airlines.

Anyone who flies on an aircraft which starts its journey outside the affected countries but which stops in one of those countries en route to Britain or the US will have to stow their devices in the hold from the start of the first leg of their flight.

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In the meantime, affected airlines are given until this Saturday (25 March) to comply with the #electronicsban restrictions.

An aircraft cabin ban on large electronic devices was prompted by intelligence suggesting a terror threat to US-bound flights, says US media. An Emirates spokeswoman told Reuters news agency the airline understood that the US directive would come into effect on 25 March and remain valid until 14 October 2017.

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