Electronic devices banned on some UK-bound flights: are you affected?
Apr 04 2017 by Cristina Jennings
British Prime Minister Theresa May chaired a number of meetings on aviation security over the last few weeks, including this morning, where the new aviation security measures were agreed. 9 airlines with direct flights will have 4 days to implement the new rules.
Following a similar controversial ban from the US, Britain has announced a cabin baggage ban on electronic devices from six Muslim-majority countries.
The Trump administration excluded national carriers from the restriction, signaling out nine foreign Airlines flying from ten airports: Cairo, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Istanbul, Doha, Amman, Kuwait City, Casablanca, Jeddah, and Riyadh.
For people departing from the airports named by the US, devices larger than a mobile telephone, such as tablets, portable DVD players, laptops and cameras, are prohibited from being carried aboard but can be placed in checked luggage. A USA official told BuzzFeed News the ban had been pushed by the White House, and was spurred by increased chatter in recent weeks that militants wanted to hide bombs in laptops.
Royal Jordanian and Saudia Airlines used Twitter on Monday to alert their passengers about the new US restrictions.
The nine airlines affected by the USA ban were notified of the procedures by the Transportation Security Administration at 3 a.m. ET Tuesday and must comply within 96 hours.
U.S officials told reporters on Monday ahead of the announcement that the decision by the two nations came after reports emerged that militant groups had planned to smuggle explosive devices inside electronic gadgets.
Devices including Kindles and other e-readers will be banned, along with hybrid devices such as the Microsoft Surface and iPad Pro, as well as the new Nintendo Switch gaming system.
The ban affects direct flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.
The airlines affected are EgyptAir, Emirates, Etihad, Kuwait Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Turkish Airlines.
"The safety and security of the traveling public is our highest priority". The official, who wasn't authorized to speak publicly on the ban, spoke on the condition of anonymity. For example, Emirates said its USA -bound passengers transiting through Dubai International Airport must place the banned devices in checked bags at the point of origin.
"People should continue to fly and comply with security procedures", he said.