March 21, 2017
Breaking: UK Bans Portable Electronics on 14 Airlines
Following the US electronics ban announced earlier today, BBC is reporting that the UK is implementing a similar ban on flights bound from the Middle East to the United Kingdom. Flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, and Saudi Arabia will not allow passengers to bring large electronics like laptops, DVD players, tablets, and cameras on board. Passengers will need to check-in these items with their luggage. Interestingly, the UK ban applies to devices measuring larger than 16cm long, 9.3cm wide, or 1.5cm deep while the US ban applies to electronics larger that a cell phone. The UK can could potentially apply to some smartphones if they’re over the restrictive size requirements.
The following 14 airlines operate direct flights to the UK and are effected by the ban:
- British Airways
- Thomas Cook
- Turkish Airlines
- Pegasis Aitways
- Middle East Air
- Royal Jordanian
- Tunis Air
- Saudi Air
The UK and the USA are being tight lipped as to exactly what’s prompting the restrictive measures. It appears that the governments are taking an abundance of caution based on new security threats. One interesting note here, the US has banned the devices from Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Doha while the UK has not. Those airports have state of the art security and are three of the most modern airports in the world. So why is the US banning them and the UK is not?
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