US and UK Cabin Bans for Large Electronic Devices

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The United States and the United Kingdom have banned large electronic devices from cabins on flights from certain Middle Eastern and North African countries.

Yesterday, the British government announced a cabin ban on laptops, tablets, and DVD players for direct passenger flights into the UK from six countries:

  • Jordan
  • Egypt
  • Turkey
  • Lebanon
  • Tunisia
  • Saudi Arabia

Earlier, U.S. officials announced a ban on carrying electronic devices such as laptops and iPads in carry-on luggage on direct U.S.-bound flights from the following 10 airports:

  • Amman, Jordan (OJAI/AMM)
  • Kuwait City, Kuwait (OKBK/KWI)
  • Cairo, Egypt (HECA/CAI)
  • Istanbul, Turkey (LTBA/IST)
  • Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (OEJN/JED)
  • Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (OERK/RUH)
  • Casablanca, Morocco (GMMN/CMN)
  • Doha, Qatar (OTHH/DOH)
  • Dubai, UAE (OMDB/DXB)
  • Abu Dhabi, UAE (OMAA/AUH)

U.S. authorities stated that they imposed the ban due to intelligence regarding threats of terrorist attacks on aircraft.