Airline laptop ban comes into affect


The U.S. prohibits travelers on non-stop flights from 10 Middle Eastern airports from bringing large electronics into the aircraft cabin, a rule that was announced last week and came into effect on Saturday. The UK has also enforced this ban on 8 of the 10 countries the United States has enforced the electronic ban upon. In the past, explosives have been found hidden in consumer electronics on flights to and from the U.S. However, this ban does not apply to any domestic flights or flights leaving from the U.S. And will target all flights out of Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Lebanon.

EgyptAir says it has received instructions from USA authorities to prevent passengers from bringing laptops, iPads, cameras and other electronics on board direct flights from Cairo to the United States.

Emirates said on Thursday it was introducing a "laptop and tablet handling service" for US-bound flights which would allow passengers to use their devices until just before they board.

Emirates may offer passengers loaner laptops as the world's biggest long-haul carrier seeks to soften the blow from a us ban on electronics in airplane cabins.

Turkey's foreign ministry said talks were underway to try to persuade the United States and Britain to exclude Turkish Airlines and Istanbul airport from the ban.

Qatar Airways has issued a travel alert to passengers about the new USA security guidelines prohibiting them from carrying electronics other than mobile phones onto its US -bound planes.

The Dubai-based airline will allow passengers to use their large electronics, such as tablets and laptops, at the gate and up until boarding time, at which point the airline will then securely check these items, according to a press release. The devices, they said, would be packed carefully in boxes and returned once passengers have arrived in the country.

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There isn't much that the carriers could do but comply, he said, suggesting that airlines could "allow passengers to convert the screens on the back of seats into a laptop screen, and offer them blue-tooth keyboards to connect their mobile phones".

The move was ordered by Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday in the latest of a series of meetings on aviation security.

But Ms Rudd said the ban, which was based on intelligence assessments, hinted it could be extended, potentially affecting all holidaymakers and business travellers coming to the UK.

Another said the bans disrespect people and amounts to discrimination.

Passengers on US-bound flights starting their journeys in Dubai are encouraged to pack their electronic devices into their check-in luggage in the first instance, to avoid delays.

Royal Jordanian also took a tongue-in-cheek approach, listing on Twitter "12 things to do on a 12-hour flight with no laptop or tablet", including reading, meditating, saying hello to your neighbour, or "reclaiming territory on your armrest".

Dubai-based Emirates said on Tuesday that it would comply with any new operational or regulatory policies but it so far has "not received any notification of changes to cabin luggage restrictions on USA flights".