Following the cabin baggage ban on carriers flying from six Middle Eastern and North African countries by US authorities, the United Kingdom government has likewise ordered similar bans.
Direct flights to any destination in the UK from six countries, namely Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia will ban laptops and tablets out of suspicion that bombs could be hidden in a series of devices, particularly within the battery compartment.
The office of the British Prime Minister said the ban was “necessary, effective and proportionate”.
Although the UK government has not yet specified when the ban will take effect, airlines are reportedly under the process of implementing it.
The ban applies to any device larger than 16cm long, 9.3cm wide or 1.5cm deep. It includes smart phones, but most fall inside these limits.
Devices subject to cabin baggage ban include the following:
- Power Banks
- Digital cameras
If this offers relief to passengers who are stripped of privileges of using gadgets listed above, they can still take their smartphones, games consoles like playstations, and DVD players onto the plane.
List of UK airlines affected:
- British Airways
- Thomas Cook
List of foreign airlines affected
- Turkish Airlines
- Pegasus Airways
- Atlas-Global Airlines
- Middle East Airlines
- Royal Jordanian
- Tunis Air
- Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia)
The British ban affects all the airports in six countries: Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Turkey.