Britain follows US in banning laptops in the cabin from 6 Muslim-majority countries

  • Laptop ban in the cabin applies to 6 countries
  • Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

Temel Kotil CEO of Turkish Airlines

Britain has followed the USA in banning devices larger than smartphones in cabins on aircraft from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

Passengers boarding flights to England from the six countries affected will not be allowed to take any phones, laptops or tablets larger than a normal smartphone, specified as 16cm x 9.3cm x 1.5cm. Anything larger will need to be checked in with as luggage.

It is a blow to business travellers who use the flights of run of up to six hours to catch up on work.

The US has banned the devices in cabin baggage on flights from specific airports, rather than countries, and only on specific Middle Eastern airlines, including Kuwait airways, which stops over at Shannon.

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Airlines will come under the ban include Atlas-Global Airlines, British Airways, EasyJet, Egyptair, Jet2, Middle East Airlines, Monarch, Pegasus Airways, Royal Jordanian, Saudia, Thomas Cook, Thomson, Tunis Air and Turkish Airlines.

Turkish flights to Ireland are unaffected by the ban.

A Westminster spokesman said said: “The safety and security of the travelling public is our highest priority. That is why we keep our aviation security under constant review and put in place measures we believe are necessary, effective and proportionate.

The US have listed ten airports in eight countries for a similar laptop ban:

  • Abu Dhabi international in the United Arab Emirates.
  • Amman Queen Alia in Jordan
  • Cairo International in Egypt
  • Casblanca Mohammaed V in Morocco
  • Doha International in Qatar
  • Dubai international in the United Arab Emirates
  • Istanbul Ataturk International in Turkey
  • Jedda King Abudlaziz in Saudi Arabia
  • Kuwait International in Kuwait,
  • Riyadh King Khalid airport in Saudi Arabia
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The affected airlines are Egyptair, Emirates, Etihad, Kuwait airways (which stops over at Shannon), Qatar Airways, Royal Air Morocco, Royal Jordanian, Saudia and Turkish airlines.

Turkey’s transport minister said on Tuesday his government was opposed to the ban applying to its national carrier Turkish Airlines and asked the United States to reverse the restrictions.

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