It was announced this morning, after a following announcement by the US, that the UK government has introduced a cabin ban on large electronic devices on several flights from specific countries. These devices until further notice will only be permissible in the hold.
The UK ban applies to direct inbound flights from six countries; Tunisia, Lebanon, Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. The US ban includes these but also extends its cabin restrictions to include direct inbound flights from Kuwait and the UAE.
Eric Swalwell, a Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee, told ABC News that the US ban is a direct reaction to “a new aviation threat” sparked after several credible sources have reported that IS are working on ways to smuggle explosives onto flights via hiding them in large electronic devices, such as laptops.
Currently, phones and personal medical devices remain unaffected. Tablets is a greyer area, with the ban being dependent on size; “nothing larger than a smartphone.”
Chris Grayling, the UK’s transport secretary, has commented on the UK’s cabin ban and said that “we understand the frustration that these measures may cause and we are working with the aviation industry to minimise any impact,” and that the UK Government’s “top priority will always be to maintain the safety of British nationals.”
While this electronic ban only applies to direct flights to the UK and US, Government sources suggest that it is likely that other European countries are also considering the implementation of similar restrictions.
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