The United States and the United Kingdom have banned large electronic devices from cabins on flights from certain Middle Eastern and North African countries.
Yesterday, the British government announced a cabin ban on laptops, tablets, and DVD players for direct passenger flights into the UK from six countries:
- Saudi Arabia
Earlier, U.S. officials announced a ban on carrying electronic devices such as laptops and iPads in carry-on luggage on direct U.S.-bound flights from the following 10 airports:
- Amman, Jordan (OJAI/AMM)
- Kuwait City, Kuwait (OKBK/KWI)
- Cairo, Egypt (HECA/CAI)
- Istanbul, Turkey (LTBA/IST)
- Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (OEJN/JED)
- Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (OERK/RUH)
- Casablanca, Morocco (GMMN/CMN)
- Doha, Qatar (OTHH/DOH)
- Dubai, UAE (OMDB/DXB)
- Abu Dhabi, UAE (OMAA/AUH)
U.S. authorities stated that they imposed the ban due to intelligence regarding threats of terrorist attacks on aircraft.