UK lifts in-cabin electronics ban on all inbound flights from Tunis airport


The UK’s Department for Transport has lifted a ban on carrying large phones, laptops and tablets in the aircraft cabin on all inbound flights travelling from Tunis-Carthage International Airport in Tunisia.

Tunis-Carthage International is the second airport after Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport in Turkey to have the in-cabin ban completely lifted on all flights travelling from the country to the UK.

The restriction on all UK-bound flights from the Istanbul airport was lifted in July.

The government has started lifting these restrictions on flights travelling to the country after collaborating with the aviation industry and international partners to enhance security measures at airports.

"The restrictions will be lifted on a case-by-case basis only when the government has ensured that the airlines have adopted alternative and improved security measures."

However, the ban on electronic devices, laptops and smartphones will continue to remain at other airports, though restrictions have also been lifted on some of the individual airlines operating from the airports.

The restrictions will be lifted on a case-by-case basis only when the government has ensured that the airlines have adopted alternative and improved security measures.

In March, the ban was introduced by the UK government on all inbound direct flights travelling to the country from Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia.

Under the arrangement, passengers travelling to the UK from any one of these countries were prohibited from carrying phones, laptops, tablets and peripheral devices in the cabin of their aircraft.

The restrictions applied on electronic devices that were either more than 16cm in length, more than 9.3cm in width or exceeded 1.5cm in depth.

Earlier this month, Thomas Cook became the first UK-based airline to lift the in-cabin restrictions on larger electronic devices on flights from Turkey.