UK joins US in banning electronic devices on flights from Middle East countries

Airline passengers travelling to the UK from Middle Eastern countries are to be banned from carrying laptops and other large electronic devices onboard.

Britain has followed the US, who announced a similar measure, to ban laptops, iPads, cameras, and any electronic devices larger than a mobile phone from passengers’ handluggage on board flights from eight Middle Eastern and North African countries.

It is not yet known which airlines and which countries will be affected by the UK ban.

h/t RM

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  • Watchman

    Fake News: That Judge In Hawaii (U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson) issues TRO preventing the UK from banning any device from hand luggage on flights into the UK. “If my authority can supersede the authority of the President, it can also must exceed the authority of Queen Elizabeth, who is less powerful.”

    /sarc

    • Heh;)

    • WalterBannon

      Good Fake news: Volcano erupts in Hawaii killing one. Dead is U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson.

  • Mark K

    OMG – we may have to talk to people 🙂

    • Etobicoke_Gladiator

      Or read a real magazine or book! The horror!

      • Watchman

        For god’s sake, think of the treeeees, the treeeees who died for your enjoyment; to be made into paper and bound up for your wanton reading pleasure!

  • tom_billesley

    The UK ban applies to direct passenger flights from six countries: Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey and Tunisia. The US ban applies to two more countries: UAE and Qatar.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39343971
    The only known use of a laptop bomb is an incident in Somalia in February 2016 in which the aircraft had a one metre hole made in the fuselage but the pilot managed to land.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-35521646

  • terrence22

    It would be easier, and make more sense, to simply stop flights from the middle east to the UK, the USA, and the rest of the civilized world. But, some airlines would lose money, so they will not go along with it – sacrificing a few peasants is better.

  • Hard Little Machine

    No Angry Birds to keep your idiot Adderall monkey children entertained. Kill me now.

  • K1

    It’s a start
    Push of a cell phone button sets off a bomb though
    Do you trust the guards at the X-ray machine who allow hand luggage on the flight at these Muslim countries where the flight originates?

  • Watchman

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  • Gary

    I smell a business for Rent-a-laptop at the Airports where you send all the important files to a Shop that loads up a laptop to your specs while the secret files are on a USB stik .
    You land and deplane to take your ID # claim ticket and pick-up a laptop that you later on drop off before the return flight.
    You could also have WiFi use to to log into your home PC or email account to download the to secret files. When done , you scan disk to clean it and delete file or you keep the hard drive to mail to you back home by just purchasing it from the vendor .