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Security fears lead to cabin ban on electronic devices | FairPlane UK / 21.03.2017

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Laptops, tablets, DVD players and large mobile phones are to be banned from cabins aboard all direct flights entering the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

The ban comes on the back of a similar one already in place in the US.

A Downing Street spokesperson announced the ban as being "necessary, effective and proportionate" in regards to the potential of terrorist threats.
The ban applies to any device (including mobiles and smart phones) larger than 16cm long, 9.3cm wide or 1.5cm deep.

Any device covered under this criterion will be required to be placed in the hold and checked in before passengers pass through airport security.

The following UK carriers will be affected by the new measures:

British Airways
Thomas Cook

And also the following overseas based airlines:

Turkish Airlines
Pegasus Airways
Atlas-Global Airlines
Middle East Airlines
Royal Jordanian
Tunis Air
A spokesperson for the UK government made the following statement:

"Decisions to make changes to our aviation security regime are never taken lightly.

"We will not hesitate to act in order to maintain the safety of the travelling public and we will work closely with our international partners to minimise any disruption these new measures may cause."

In the US, the ban that currently has no end date, is required to be implemented by the airlines in 96 hours, starting at 07:00 GMT on Tuesday.

The Turkish government have already voiced their opposition to the ban, but the Department of Homeland Security said extremists were seeking "innovative methods" to bring down jets.

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