US and UK in laptop and tablet ban

Devices banned on some flights from Middle East
Electronic devices bigger than a mobile phone are now banned from bags being carried onto the plane, on flights to the US and the UK from some Muslim-majority countries.
The United States has placed the ban on direct flights from: Cairo International Airport (CAI) – Egypt; Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) – Jordan; Kuwait International Airport (KWI) – Kuwait; Mohammed V Airport (CMN) – Morocco; Hamad International Airport (DOH) – Qatar; King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (JED) – Saudi Arabia; King Khalid International Airport (RUH) – Saudi Arabia; Ataturk International Airport (IST) – Turkey; Dubai International Airport (DXB) – United Arab Emirates; Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) – United Arab Emirates.
Laptops, e-readers, cameras, tablets, printers, electronic games and portable DVD players are all affected by the ban, but they can be stowed in the hold in checked baggage.
The Department of Homeland Security explained that “terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation and are aggressively pursuing innovative methods to undertake their attacks, to include smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items”.
The rules affect nine airlines: Royal Jordanian, EgyptAir, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad Airways.
Additional airline security measures on some routes travelling to the UK
Shortly after the US ban was announced, the UK Department for Transport implemented similar rules.
“Phones, laptops and tablets larger than 16.0cm x 9.3cm x 1.5cm not allowed in the cabin on flights to the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Tunisia,” it summarised. “Passengers are advised to check online with their airline for further details. […] We remain open for business. People should continue to fly and comply with security procedures.”
Al Jazeera / TTG Nordic


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