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August 31, 2018updated 03 Sep 2018 10:42am

UK lifts ban on carrying phones, laptops and tablets in aircraft cabin

The UK Government has lifted a ban on carrying phones, laptops and tablets and other large electronic devices and accessories in the aircraft cabin on the majority of flights to the UK.

The UK Government has lifted a ban on carrying phones, laptops and tablets and other large electronic devices and accessories in the aircraft cabin on the majority of flights to the UK.

According to the Department for Transport, passengers arriving from Antalya, Bodrum, Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen and Izmir airports in Turkey; Cairo, Hurghada, Marsa Alam and Luxor airports in Egypt; and Tunis-Carthage International airport in Tunisia can carry electronic devices in the aircraft cabin.

However, normal cabin baggage restrictions will continue to apply.

In March last year, the UK Government imposed ban on carry large electronic devices and accessories on UK-bound flights from Tunisia, Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia as a precautionary measure against potential terror threat.

“This does not reflect the security standards at these airports, but is an operational decision by individual carriers.”

After working with the aviation industry and international partners to introduce tough additional security measures, the government has started lifting these restrictions on some flights.

The government has now also lifted restrictions on several individual airlines operating from other airports in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Lebanon.

In a statement, the UK Department for Transport said: “The vast majority of carriers operating out of these airports are no longer subject to these restrictions. Some airlines have decided to maintain the ban for operational reasons.

“This does not reflect the security standards at these airports, but is an operational decision by individual carriers.”

The Department for Transport will issue an update on an airport-by-airport basis, after restrictions have been lifted on all affected airlines serving the airport where restrictions were previously imposed.

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