United Kingdom flight ban on electronic devices
Sky News is reporting that the UK intends to follow the United States in instituting a ban on passengers flying from certain Middle Eastern nations from carrying any electronic devices larger than a cellphone into the cabin of the plane.
The full list: Cairo, Egypt; Dubai and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Istanbul; Doha, Qatar; Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City; Casablanca, Morocco; and Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The new aircraft cabin ban by the U.S. and United Kingdom on large electronic devices including laptops was sparked by intelligence information suggesting a terrorism threat from so-called Islamic State (ISIS), according to USA media.
If you're planning on working on that big project on a flight to the US from several airports in Muslim-dominant countries, think again because the Trump administration just banned anything larger than a smartphone in the passenger cabin.
The limitations dictate that a non-medical device larger than a cell phone on USA -bound flights from some airlines in Muslim-majority countries will have to be packed in a traveler's checked luggage, rather than anywhere accessible mid-flight. Airlines will have 96 hours to comply with the directive, and airlines that refuse could see their authority to fly to the US revoked. Among the nine airlines that will have to comply are three Persian Gulf-area carriers that have grown rapidly in recent years, Emirates, Etihad Airways PJSC and Qatar Airways Ltd.
Senior administration officials said the new measures are in response to intelligence indicating terrorist groups are "aggressively pursuing innovative methods" for smuggling explosives on commercial flights.
US officials would not comment on why checking an electronic device in the cargo compartment is safer than carrying it in the cabin. Any passenger coming from these countries must stow any gadgets they have on their checked in baggage, despite disapproval from passengers.
The ban, according to U.S officials, is a way to tighten airline security.
The Trump administration ban takes effect from March 25.
On Monday, Royal Jordanian Airlines tweeted an extensive description of an electronics ban implemented by the US Government.
The UK ban applies to direct flights to Britain from Tunisia, Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia.
In contrast with the US directive, the UK's new rule includes its domestic carriers: British Airways, EasyJet, Jet2.com, Monarch, Thomas Cook and Thomson.
It's interesting to see that Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Royal Air Maroc and Ethiad, which all operate direct flights out of airports covered by the USA ban are not on the U.K.'s list.
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