Laptop and tablet ban: How will this affect your travel plans?
On Tuesday 21st March, the UK and US governments announced a ban on laptops and tablets in all hand luggage on board direct flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.
It has now been widely reported that the US is considering extending this ban to include flights coming from UK airports to the US. Although there has yet to be any confirmation from Homeland Security on whether or not this will indeed happen, Gillian Christensen, a spokeswoman for the US Department of Homeland Security, said: “We’ve said we will continue to evaluate the threat environment and make determinations based on that assessment, but we have not made any decisions on expanding the current restrictions against large electronic devices in aircraft cabins from selected airports.”
The initial ban is now in full force.
Which countries and airports are included in the ban?
The US flight ban affects the following airports:
- Cairo (Egypt)
- Istanbul (Turkey)
- Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
- Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)
- Kuwait (Kuwait)
- Doha (Qatar)
- Casablanca (Morocco)
- Amman (Jordan)
- Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
- Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)
The UK flight ban affects all flights coming from:
- Saudi Arabia
Which are airlines affected?
The ban will affect six UK airlines:
- British Airways
- Thomas Cook
And these eight overseas carriers:
- Turkish Airlines
- Pegasus Airways
- Atlas-Global Airlines
- Middle East Airlines
- Royal Jordanian
- Tunis Air