IF you like using your laptop or iPad during a flight take note – these items may soon be banned.
The UK has announced a cabin luggage ban on laptops on passenger flights from certain airports, following a similar US security ban.
But what exactly is prohibited and who is affected by the change? Here is everything you need to know.
What are the new air travel rules on electronics?
New flight rules ban large electronic devices from cabin baggage on passenger flights from six countries, including laptops and cameras.
The government has said that passengers will be restricted from taking the banned items onto flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Tunisia.
Mobile phones and medical devices are exempt from the ban.
A Government spokesperson said: “I know the House will recognise that we face a constantly evolving threat from terrorism and must respond accordingly to ensure the protection of the public against those who would do us harm.
“The update we are making to our security measures is an important part of that process.
“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.”
US officials have stated that bombs could be concealed inside electronics such as laptops, tablets and cameras.
The Department of Homeland Security in the US yesterday announced a ban after revealing that extremists are seeking “innovative methods” to bring down jets.
When do the new air travel rules start?
From March 21, passengers on flights from some of the busiest hubs in the Middle East, Turkey and North Africa will be required to follow the new rules.
Airlines will be given a “few days” to comply with the new rules.
The new US travel ban was announced in a confidential email on Monday and sent to airlines serving 10 foreign airports in eight countries.
Recipients of the email are said to have been given 96 hours to comply as of 7am GMT on Tuesday.
Royal Jordanian Airlines announced on Twitter that they had been included in the ban, with the restriction being effective as of Tuesday.
What items are now banned under the new air travel rules?
Passengers will be barred from taking on board devices that are “larger than a normal sized mobile or smart phone”, which is equivalent to 16cm long, 9.3cm wide and 1.5cm deep.
You can still take these devices on holiday with you, but they have to go in the hold area in your checked luggage.
These items are examples of banned items but it has been made clear this is not an exhaustive list:
- Portable DVD players
- Electronic game units larger than a smartphone
- Travel printers/scanners
Which airlines are affected by the new air travel rules?
In the UK, carriers including British Airways, Easyjet, Jet 2, Monarch, Thomas Cook and Thomson flights will be affected.
Airlines which fail to comply with the new rules will be barred from flying to the UK.
Other 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.
What happens if you are on a connecting flight?
The rules apply to the “last point of departure airports”.
So if you change onto a plane at one of the affected airports for the last leg of your journey, you could be affected by the new rules.
Speak to your airline to find out how the rules will affect your journey.
Why have the new travel rules been created?
A source told American network CNN that it stemmed from security concerns regarding passengers boarding non-stop flights to the US from a dozen airlines.
In a statement, The Department of Homeland Security said: “The US government is concerned about terrorists’ ongoing interest in targeting commercial aviation, including transportation hubs over the past two years, as evidenced by the 2015 airliner downing in Egypt; the 2016 attempted airliner downing in Somalia; and the 2016 armed attacks against airports in Brussels and Istanbul.
“Evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation, to include smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items.”
In 2014, the Transportation Security Administration required some passengers to show their electronics could power up over concern explosives were hidden in the devices.
Which airports are affected by the new air travel rules?
The new rules affect 10 airports in eight countries, if you are flying to the US:
- Queen Alia International, Amman, Jordan
- Cairo International Airport, Egypt
- Ataturk Airport, Istanbul, Turkey
- King Abdulaziz International, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
- King Khalid International, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- Kuwait International Airport
- Mohammed V International, Casablanca, Morocco
- Hamad International, Doha, Qatar
- Dubai International, United Arab Emirates
- Abu Dhabi International, United Arab Emirates
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