UK POLITICS: Britain to Follow US and Ban Passengers With Laptops, iPads to UK-Bound Flights From Middle East

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By Politicoscope March 21, 2017 15:00
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UK POLITICS: Britain to Follow US and Ban Passengers With Laptops, iPads to UK-Bound Flights From Middle East

Britain is preparing to follow the US and ban passengers from taking laptops and iPads onto UK-bound flights from the Middle East.

Sources today claimed terror concerns would lead to the UK taking the dramatic step on routes from as many as eight countries.


These include Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Egypt.

The Department of Homeland Security in the US yesterday announced a ban after revealing that extremists are seeking “innovative methods” to bring down jets.

Confirmation from the UK Government could come as early as today. Senior sources have been preparing the move for days, one insider said.

It is as yet unclear the extent to which the UK order will mirror the US ban.

In the US, electronic devices such as laptops, tablets, cameras, DVD players and electronic games will only be allowed in the hold in checked baggage.

Phones are exempt.

US officials said airlines had been given 96 hours from 7am on Tuesday to ban devices bigger than a mobile phone or smartphones from cabins.

The nine airlines affected by the US ban are Royal Jordanian, Egypt Air, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad Airways. Royal Jordanian tweeted the move on Monday.

An unnamed US official told CNN the changes were the result of a security concern related to passengers on nonstop flights.

It is thought to be linked to threat from Al Qaeda.

 

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