As easyJet becomes the first UK airline to announce a hand luggage ban on laptops and tablets, we explain what this flight ban means for your travel plans, especially if you’re flying from the Middle East and North Africa.
On March 22nd 2017, the UK and the US announced a ban on laptops and tablets in all hand luggage on board direct flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia, and the change in hand luggage restrictions has now come into force. So how will this affect your travel plans? Here are the facts…
Which countries and airports are included in the ban?
The US flight ban affects the following airports:
- Cairo (Egypt)
- Istanbul (Turkey)
- Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
- Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)
- Kuwait (Kuwait)
- Doha (Qatar)
- Casablanca (Morocco)
- Amman (Jordan)
- Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
- Jedda (Saudi Arabia)
The UK flight ban affects all flights coming from:
- Saudi Arabia
Which airlines are affected?
The ban will affect six UK airlines:
- British Airways
- Thomas Cook
And these eight overseas carriers:
- Turkish Airlines
- Pegasus Airways
- Atlas-Global Airlines
- Middle East Airlines
- Royal Jordanian
- Tunis Air
Which electronic items are banned from cabin baggage?
UK flight ban:
Prohibits any electronic device bigger than 16cm x 9.3cm x 1.5cm in hand luggage. This means mobiles and smartphones, like the larger iPhone Plus will still be allowed. Most smartphones, including the iPhone 7 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy S7, can still be carried in hand luggage.
US flight ban:
Prohibits the following items, as detailed by The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – but they have said that this list is not exhaustive:
- Portable DVD players
- Game consoles larger than a smartphone
- Travel printers and scanners