US, UK ban laptops, larger electronic devices on flights from some Middle East countries and Turkey

  • The US and the UK has banned laptops and other larger electronic devices on passenger cabin during flights from some Muslim countries
  • The ban will cover flights coming from Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait, Morocco, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Turkey
  • It is said to be one of the most extensive anti-terrorism steps that have been taken since 9/11

Acting on intelligence reports that terrorists are becoming more innovative on hiding explosives on electronic devices, the United States and the United Kingdom has started banning laptops and other devices larger than a smartphone on cabin during flights from some Middle Eastern countries.

Earlier, the CNN has reported that intelligence reports recently found out Al Qaeda was “perfecting techniques for hiding explosives in batteries and battery compartments of electronic devices.”

The United States immediately took preventive actions, which is considered as an anti-terrorism precaution; by banning laptops on flights from some Arab countries. The United Kingdom followed suit by implementing the same order.

Foremost countries that will be affected are Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait, Morocco, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Turkey.

This also means that Egyptair, Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways, Kuwait Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Turkish Airlines will have to implement the new regulation.

However, these electronic devices can still be stored in the cargo.

A US official told CNN that intelligence report indicates that “terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation by smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items.”

The latest aircraft security regulation is considered to be one of the most extensive steps taken since the 9/11 attack in the United States.