Following the news that President Trump has banned large electronic devices on all in-bound US flights from 10 countries in the Middle East, the UK has now followed suit.
That means if you’re flying to the UK direct from one of the six affected countries – Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia or Saudi Arabia – then you must stow electronic devices larger than a mobile phone in the hold.
Around 14 UK airlines will be affected by the ban including British Airways, EasyJet, Jet 2, Monarch, Thomson and Thomas Cook. Other carriers affected are Emirates, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airways, Atlas-Global Airlines, Middle East Airlines, Egyptair, Royal Jordanian, Tunis Air and Saudia.
"The safety and security of the travelling public is our highest priority,” said a Government spokesman. “That is why we keep our aviation security under constant review and put in place measures we believe are necessary, effective and proportionate.” Any airlines found to be not in compliance will be banned from flying to the UK.
The ban applies to any electronic devices that are larger than 160cm in length, 9.3cm in width and 15cm in depth into the cabin of the plane such as…
• Kindles or e-readers
• Portable DVD players
• Electronic game unit
• Travel printers / scanners
Whilst this might cause some concern for those travellers who like to read their Kindle or keep children occupied with games during a flight, the motivation for the ban is the ongoing threat of terrorism. “Evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation and are aggressively pursuing innovative methods to undertake their attacks,” said a statement from The Department of Homeland Security in the US.
It’s a good idea to stay up to date with current regulations before you fly so you’re aware of the current rules and any delays they might incur.
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