UK Follows US in Restricting Larger Electronics from the Cabin for Middle East and North Africa Flights

Posted by at 11:32 am on March 21, 2017

The UK government announced a ban on electronic devices being carried in cabins on some flights into the country on Tuesday afternoon.

The exact details are different from those included the similar electronics ban issued by the Department of Homeland Security in the US late Monday.

If you did not already know, US authorities have a  new rule that will require passengers traveling to the US from certain countries to check in electronic devices larger than a cell phone.

The devices that would need to be packed into checked baggage include laptops, tablets, DVD players, electronic game players and cameras.

the rules  response to an unspecified terrorism threat and is said to cover 10 airports in eight countries in the Middle East and North Africa, according to Reuters.

Unlike the US, the UK ban does not include incoming flights from the UAE or Morocco. Instead it only applies to aircraft originating in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

for the UK ban, the exact maximum dimensions for a device have been specified: 16.0×9.3cm, with a depth of 1.5cm. They won’t be allowed in aircraft cabins, and must instead be checked into the hold.

UK Carriers Affected by the Ban

  • British Airways
  • EasyJet
  • Monarch
  • Thomas Cook
  • Thomson

Foreign Airlines Affected Flying to the UK

  • Turkish Airlines
  • Pegasus Airways
  • Atlas-Global Airlines
  • Middle East Airlines
  • Egyptair
  • Royal Jordanian
  • Tunis Air
  • Saudia

The ban does not affect any US airlines, but does apply to the big three gulf carriers: Qatar, Emirates and Etihad.

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