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US and UK ban large electronic devices on flights from specific countries

The American administration issued a security directive banning large electronic items from carry-on luggage on direct flights from a number of Middle Eastern and African airports to the US.

The measure forbids passengers to bring laptops, tablets, e-readers and cameras on board. It affects direct flights to the US from 10 airports in 8 countries:

  • Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) – Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Dubai International Airport (DXB) – Dubai, UAE
  • Hamad International Airport (DOH) – Doha, Qatar
  • Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) – Amman, Jordan
  • Cairo International Airport (CAI) – Cairo, Egypt
  • Mohammed V Airport (CMN) – Casablanca, Morocco
  • Ataturk International Airport (IST) – Istanbul, Turkey
  • King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (JED) – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • King Khalid International Airport (RUH) – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Kuwait International Airport (KWI)- Kuwait, Kuwait

There are nine carriers that operate direct flights from the listed airports to the US: EgyptAir, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Kuwait Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Saudia and Turkish Airlines.

Hours later, the UK administration issued a similar directive. Strangely though, the restriction refers to only six countries, some of them different than those on the US list: Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.
14 airlines will be affected by the British ban, including six UK carriers (British Airways, EasyJet,, Monarch, Thomas Cook, Thomson) and eight foreign carriers (Atlas-Global Airlines, Egyptair, Middle East Airlines, Pegasus Airways, Royal Jordanian, Saudia, Tunis Air and Turkish Airlines).

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