EasyJet bans large electronics on flights from Turkey and Egypt

The UK Tuesday imposed a ban on carrying laptops as part of cabin baggage on Britain-bound passenger flights from six Muslim-majority countries, hours after U.S. introduced a similar move citing terrorism concerns.

The UK gave no specific reason for the new directives, but the USA said recent intelligence prompted their introduction.

Emirates president Tim Clark has questioned why some airports are not affected by the United Kingdom measures, but do fall under the new USA restrictions.

"Evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation and are aggressively pursuing innovative methods to undertake their attacks, to include smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items", a senior administration official said on Monday.

The new rules mean that any phones, laptops or tablets larger than a normal sized mobile or smart phone (length 16cm, width 9.3cm, depth 1.5cm) will not be allowed into plane cabins.

The United States government has started the ban on laptops and other electronics larger than a cell phone on Tuesday morning from eight Muslim-majority nations, nine airlines, and ten airports.

The ban only applies to direct flights to Britain, not from, leaving a potential loophole for people flying via other European airports.

"We understand the frustration that these measures may cause and we are working with the aviation industry to minimize any impact", he said in a written statement to parliament announcing the change. They created an alliance called "the five eyes".

Royal Jordanian Airlines told passengers yesterday that medical devices were still allowed. Passengers flying to the U.S. from these airports will only be able to take mobile phones into the aircraft cabin, other devices such as laptops and tablets must be put in checked baggage. "We are not issuing any advisory as of now", the official added.

Reuters reported that the British regulations affect British Airways, easyJet, Jet2, Monarch, Thomas Cook, Thomson, Atlas-Global, Pegasus, EgyptAir, Royal Jordanian, Middle East Airlines, Saudia, Turkish Airlines and Tunisair.

Traveling to Western, English-speaking countries is getting more hard by the hour for passengers from Muslim-majority nations.

No U.S. airlines are involved because they don't offer direct service to the U.S. from the targeted airports, U.S. officials said. "How to implement this ban is not our concern".

  • Leroy Wright