UK flight ban on electronic devices announced


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UK flight ban on digital units introduced

  • 22 March 2017
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Picture caption The UK ban applies to direct inbound flights from six nations; the US ban lists eight nations

The UK authorities has introduced a cabin baggage ban on laptops and tablets on direct flights to the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

The ban follows an analogous transfer within the US, the place officers say bombs might be hidden in a collection of units.

Downing Road stated it was "essential, efficient and proportionate".

The federal government has not given a start-date for the ban, however says airways are "within the strategy of implementing it".

The ban applies to any system bigger than 16cm lengthy, 9.3cm extensive or 1.5cm deep. It consists of sensible telephones, however most fall inside these limits.

Any affected gadget, together with e-readers, will must be positioned into maintain baggage.

Passengers can nonetheless take most smartphones, video games consoles and DVD gamers onto the aircraft, a authorities spokeswoman stated.

Quantity 10 stated it was as much as particular person airways to determine when to start implementing the ban and passengers ought to contact their airline for extra info.

Which airways are affected?

Six UK carriers:

Eight abroad carriers:

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling stated: "We perceive the frustration that these measures might trigger and we're working with the aviation business to minimise any impression."

Air business advisor John Strickland stated the ban would trigger "complications for airways and clients", however carriers had "no selection however to place safety first".

What are the new rules?

Simon Calder, journey editor of the Unbiased, informed the BBC the ban would notably have an effect on passengers who booked cheaper, hand luggage-only tickets, however would now should pay to examine a bag in.

He added that about 1,00zero UK-bound passengers used Turkish Airways each day to fly from long-haul locations and would even be affected as their planes have been routed by way of Istanbul.

Whereas the US authorities cited unspecified "threats" in its announcement, the prime minister's official spokesman declined to debate whether or not the brand new guidelines have been prompted by particular intelligence.

Media captionWhy are devices banned however mobiles okay? Daniel Sandford explains

The US ban applies to flights from 10 airports in eight nations. 9 airways are affected - Royal Jordanian, EgyptAir, Turkish Airways, Saudi Arabian Airways, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad Airways.

Requested why the US ban differed from the UK, Theresa Might's spokesman stated: "We now have every taken our personal selections."

An indication of mounting concern

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By Frank Gardner, BBC safety correspondent

This can be a controversial determination, and, I am advised, not a simple one for the federal government.

The UK ban goes even additional than the US transfer which doesn't have an effect on nationwide carriers.

It isn't the results of a selected, recognized terrorist plot, however of mounting concern in US and British intelligence circles on the ongoing curiosity amongst jihadist teams within the Center East in blowing up a passenger aircraft in mid-air.

There are some in Whitehall who worry this can be an over-reaction, with damaging business and diplomatic penalties. However others have pointed to final yr's laptop computer bomb smuggled onto a flight from Somalia by insurgents from Al-Shabaab.

The yr earlier than, so-called Islamic State blew up a Russian passenger aircraft over the Sinai Peninsula. However that bomb was hidden within the maintain, the place laptops and different units will nonetheless be allowed.

The editor of Aviation Safety Worldwide, Philip Baum, advised the BBC that "encouraging individuals to verify laptops, and different such gadgets, into the bags maintain merely makes the problem of screening even more durable".

For greater than two years, the official UK menace degree for worldwide terrorism has stood at extreme, which means an assault is "extremely possible".

In July 2014, passengers at UK airports have been suggested to make sure digital units have been charged in order that they might be switched on for safety checks.

The ban on liquids over 100ml in hand baggage - launched after a foiled 2006 plot to explode planes utilizing explosives hidden in drink bottles - additionally stays in place.

'Evaluated intelligence'

The US has given airways 96 hours, starting at 07:00 GMT on Tuesday, to implement its ban, which officers stated had no finish date.

Passengers on some 50 flights a day from a number of the busiest hubs within the Center East, Turkey and North Africa can be affected.

The Turkish authorities has stated the US ban is fallacious and must be reversed.

However the Division of Homeland Safety stated extremists have been looking for "revolutionary strategies" to convey down jets.

Citing the Somalia incident in February 2016, in addition to the 2015 downing of a Russian airline in Egypt and assaults at airports in Brussels and Istanbul, it added: "Evaluated intelligence signifies that terrorist teams proceed to focus on business aviation, to incorporate smuggling explosive units in numerous shopper gadgets."

Which airports are affected by the US ban?

  1. Mohammed V Worldwide, Casablanca, Morocco
  2. Ataturk Airport, Istanbul, Turkey
  3. Cairo Worldwide Airport, Egypt
  4. Queen Alia Worldwide, Amman, Jordan
  5. King Abdulaziz Worldwide, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  6. King Khalid Worldwide, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  7. Kuwait Worldwide Airport
  8. Hamad Worldwide, Doha, Qatar
  9. Abu Dhabi Worldwide, United Arab Emirates
  10. Dubai Worldwide, United Arab Emirates

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