United Kingdom relaxes its ‘laptop ban’ furthermore
The UK government announced on December 21, 2017 the update list of countries that are restricted from allowing passengers to carry large phones, laptops and tablets in the cabin on all UK –bound flights.
The updated ban-list now excludes Turkish Antalya, Bodrum, Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen and Izmir airports. Hurghada, Luxor and Marsa Alam airports in Egypt and Tunis-Carthage International in Tunisia are also excluded.
“Restrictions have also been lifted on a number of individual airlines operating from other airports”, is also announced by the UK government. “The vast majority of carriers operating out of Turkish airports are no longer subject to these restrictions”.
In addition, Reuters announced on December 22, 2017, that the ban was lifted for two Saudi Arabian airports ─ King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh and King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, starting from December 21, 2017, according to the General Authority for Civil Aviation of Saudi Arabia.
UK introduced the restrictions on carrying large phones, laptops, tablets and accessories into the cabin of UK-bound flights from Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia in March in 2017, affecting 14 airlines, including 6 UK carriers at the time.
Similar restrictions were implemented in the United States in March 2017, fearing that IS terrorists could attempt to hide explosives in batteries and battery compartments. The ban applied to electronics that exceed the size of a regular cell phone, in hand luggage on direct flights to the United States from 10 - mostly Muslim - countries. The United States lifted the ban gradually, with the Saudi Arabia becoming the last airline whose customers were allowed to carry their laptops and other electronic devices on board US-bound flights in July 2017.
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