Due to elevated security concerns, the US has banned passengers on US-bound flights originating from airports in ten Middle East and North African countries from carrying electronic devices larger than a mobile phone, such as laptops and iPads, as hand luggage in the aircraft cabin.

The ban affects flights from airports in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the UAE. The UK followed suit with a similar ban from inbound flights from Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.
The decision drew criticism from industry experts – including the head of IATA Alexandre de Juniac saying the ban was “not an acceptable long-term solution.” Others noted that the ban reverses recent safety advice over carrying lithium-ion batteries.

News Team
13 April 2017