Electronic devices flight ban widens

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US and UK Gadgets Ban

Soon after the United States announced ban on carrying large electronic devices larger than the smart phone on inbound flights from eight Middle Eastern countries, UK also decided to follow the similar policy.

The travelers to Britain from six Middle Eastern countries including Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia will be required to deposit their all electronic devices larger than a normal smart phone in their checked baggage.

Affected UK airlines are British Airways, EasyJet, Jet2, Monarch, Thomas Cook and Thomson – and eight foreign carriers.

Whereas passengers traveling to the United States from 10 airports in eight Middle Eastern countries prohibited from carrying laptops, tablets and other portable electronic devices on board along with them. The restriction has been effective from Tuesday itself.

Ten Affected airports are Dubai International Airport (DXB), Queen Alia International Airport (AMM), King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (JED), Cairo International Airport (CAI), Ataturk International Airport (IST), King Khalid International Airport (RUH), Mohammed V Airport (CMN), Hamad International Airport (DOH), Kuwait International Airport (KWI) and Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH).

However, there are no such prohibitions put on domestic flights or flights departing the United States.

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