UK to follow USA with laptop ban 

I asked a question this morning,  in relation to the ban on electronic equipment  in cabin on flights from ten cities in eight countries:  “How long before we see a worldwide ban on travelling with laptops?”

The BBC have just announced that the UK will ban some electronic devices from the cabin for flights originating in  Egypt, Jordan,  Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Turkey.  Under the new arrangements passengers will not be allowed to take into the cabin mobile phones, laptops, e-readers and tablets which are larger than:

  • length: 16.0cm
  • width: 9.3cm
  • depth: 1.5cm

Unlike the US regulations, it appears some game devices are exempt.

The British regulations affect: Atlas-Global, British Airways, easyJet, EgyptAir, Jet2, Monarch,  Pegasus, Royal Jordanian, Middle East Airlines, Saudia, Thomas Cook, Thomson, Turkish Airlines and Tunisair. The foreign office said the measures must be implemented by 25th March 2017.

It does not apply to the United Arab Emirates and its airlines: Emirates and Etihad. The US regulations included these two carriers. Nor are Qatar, Kuwait City or Casablanca airports included

When will Australia, Canada and France, for example, follow? Bang goes my productivity while travelling.

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  1. Call me cynical but, I can just see some baggage handlers rubbing their hands together thinking that all their Christmases have come early.

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