UK unveils electronics travel ban
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 30, 2017,
Mar 30, 2017, 18:51
While the U.S. ban on electronic devices applies to 10 airports and eight Muslim-majority countries, the UK's ban specifically applies to six Middle East countries in total.
Instead, travellers will have to check in any electronic items larger than their mobile phone (and just pray they don't get damaged in the baggage handling process).
The decision undermines budget Airline business models that make luggage optional for passengers.
The airports are in Egypt, Turkey, Kuwait, Qatar, Morocco, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT- The Department of Homeland Security is beefing up security measures for travelers headed to the usa from ten Middle Eastern and African airports.
No U.S. based airlines will be affected by the electronics ban since none of them travel from the airports in question. The ban encompasses electronic devices larger than a smartphone, meaning laptops, e-readers, and more.
Traveling to Western, English-speaking countries is getting more hard by the hour for passengers from Muslim-majority nations.
When do the rules take effect?
Other airlines, including Saudia Airlines, Saudi Arabia's national airline, tweeted on the subject Monday, saying the ban would last only 96 hours. Mr. Trump signed a revised executive order earlier this month that prevents citizens from six countries of entering the US. The British Government has said this is in reaction to specific intelligence reports.
Emirates said it hadn't yet received any notification but would "comply with any new operational or regulatory requirements issued by the relevant authorities".
Other airlines, including Royal Jordanian and Saudi Arabian Airlines, have said they will implement the measures.
The duration of the ban was made clear by the DHS statement.
The US said "evaluated intelligence" had indicated that terrorist groups were trying to smuggle explosive devices into consumer electronics goods. We spoke to David Hyde, a local security expert who says he wouldn't be surprised if Canada follows suit with the ban.
British Transport Minister Chris Grayling said: "We face a constantly evolving threat from terrorism and must respond accordingly".
Flight and cabin crews are not covered by the new restrictions.
USA officials would not say how long the ban will continue, saying only that it will be reevaluated on a regular basis.
This morning, theTSA announced the indefinite ban to nine global airlines to prepare passengers.