UK also bans large electronics on flights from 6 Middle Eastern and Northern African countries

The U.K. version applies to 14 airlines that operate direct flights to the U.K. out of six countries (Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia). The U.S. ban also didn’t affect any U.S. airlines, but the U.K. ban affects a total of six local carriers that operate direct flights. In addition, passengers on Turkish Airways, Pegasus Airways, Atlas-Global Airways, Middle Eastern Airlines, EgyptAir, Royal Jordanian, Tunis Air and Saudia are also affected. It’s interesting to see that Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Royal Air Maroc and Ethiad, which all operate direct flights out of airports covered by the U.S. ban are not on the U.K.’s list. The reason for the difference in airports and countries affected by this ban is largely due to the fact that many of these airlines and airports don’t operate direct flights to the U.S. but do fly directly to the U.K.

March 21, 2017 17:05 UTC

U.S., UK curb electronics on planes from Middle East, North African airports | Reuters

"Our information indicates that terrorist groups’ efforts to execute an attack against the aviation sector are intensifying. On March 6, Trump signed a revised executive order barring citizens from Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from traveling to the United States for 90 days. Several of the carriers, including Turkish Airlines, Etihad and Qatar, said early on Tuesday that they were quickly moving to comply. However, Christensen termed that date "a placeholder for review" of the rule.The policy does not affect any American carriers because none fly directly to the United States from the airports affected, officials said. The British regulations affect British Airways, easyJet, Jet2, Monarch, Thomas Cook, Thomson, Atlas-Global, Pegasus, EgyptAir, Royal Jordanian, Middle East Airlines, Saudia, Turkish Airlines and Tunisair.

March 21, 2017 17:03 UTC

US, UK bar laptop carry ons from Mideast, N. Africa flights

They said the decision was prompted by “evaluated intelligence” about potential threats to airplanes bound for the United States. Early in his candidacy, Trump had called on barring Muslims from entering the United States. The travel ban was more severe, separating families and barring students from studying in the U.S. Details of the electronics ban were first disclosed by Royal Jordanian and the official news agency of Saudi Arabia. In its statement, Royal Jordanian said the electronics ban would affect its flights to New York, Chicago, Detroit and Montreal.

March 21, 2017 16:41 UTC

US and Britain to ban electronic devices on flights

US and Britain to ban electronic devices on flights from Middle East, North AfricaToday (Tuesday), Britain announced that it will join the US in its new policy that will prohibit carrying electronic devices larger than cellphones on flights departing from Middle Eastern countries. The announcement came following the US authorities' ban on bringing electrical devices such as laptops, tablets and cameras on flights from several countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Follow JerusalemOnline Twitter page and stay up to date with the latest news Follow @JOL_NEWSA senior-level US official stated that the ban is a result of a terrorist threat and is not supposed to affect American airlines. A Department of Homeland Security statement will name 12 airports that will be affected by the ban. The US and Britain haven't detailed which airlines will be affected by the ban but several carriers have already announced the expected policy changes.

March 21, 2017 16:22 UTC

No carry-on laptops, tablets on some flights from Mideast, North Africa to U.S. and U.K.

The U.S. and Britain are banning large carry-on electronics from direct flights from several countries in the Middle East and North Africa as of Saturday, while Canada is still considering a similar decision. "Direct flights to the U.K. from these destinations continue to operate to the U.K., subject to these new measures being in place," May's spokesperson told reporters. A statement from Transport Canada said the government is "in close contact with U.S. security officials," but wouldn't go into detail about security concerns. The U.K. ban affects direct flights from six countries, while the U.S. ban affects flights from international airports in the following 10 cities:Amman, Jordan. The U.K. ban affects six countries.

March 21, 2017 16:19 UTC



US to ban electronics aboard foreign flights from Mideast, North Africa

UNITED NATIONS – Passengers aboard foreign flights originating from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa will soon be forced to place all large electronic devices in their checked baggage, according to a new Department of Homeland Security rule rolled out on Monday. The U.K. is reportedly considering implementing a similar restriction, a sign the two countries are responding to the same intelligence threat. Not specified in the U.S. order is the precise size of electronic devices subject to the new rule. Notably exempt from the ban are American carriers flying out of those same airports, including foreign airlines that use U.S. security personnel to carry out security screening overseas. Now have to fly to, say, Istanbul via Frankfurt, London, or Paris — Tom Pepinsky (@TomPepinsky) March 21, 2017The DHS/TSA electronics restrictions are scheduled to expire on Oct. 14.

March 21, 2017 16:18 UTC

Electronic devices face restrictions on Mideast-to-US flights

US authorities are in the process of formalizing a new rule that will require passengers traveling to the US from certain countries to check in electronic devices larger than a cell phone. The devices that would need to be packed into checked baggage include laptops, tablets, DVD players, electronic game players and cameras. The tweet, which may have been inadvertently posted early, was later deleted:There has been a precedent for concern over electronic devices on aircraft, with the US banning the troubled Samsung Note 7 last year on all inward and outward-bound flights. However, this rule comes after the Trump administration has tried twice this year to ban travelers from several Muslim-majority countries. No American airlines are affected by the ban on electronic devices.

March 21, 2017 15:47 UTC

US, UK to ban electronics on flights from Middle East, North Africa

WASHINGTON/LONDON (REUTERS) – The United States and Britain on Tuesday (March 21) imposed restrictions on carry-on electronic devices on planes coming from certain airports in Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and North Africa in response to unspecified security threats. The policy does not affect any American carriers because none fly directly to the United States from the airports affected, officials said. Officials did not explain why the restrictions only apply to travellers arriving in the United States and not for those same flights when they leave from there. The rules do apply to US citizens travelling on those flights, but not to crew members on those foreign carriers. The British regulations affect British Airways, easyJet, Jet2, Monarch, Thomas Cook, Thomson , Atlas-Global, Pegasus, EgyptAir, Royal Jordanian, Middle East Airlines, Saudia, Turkish Airlines and Tunisair.

March 21, 2017 14:54 UTC

US bars electronic carry-ons from Mideast, N. Africa flights

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March 21, 2017 14:25 UTC

US bars electronic carry-ons from Mideast, N Africa flights

Passengers flying to the United States from 10 airports will be allowed only cellphones and smartphones in the passenger cabins, senior Trump administration officials said. They said the decision was prompted by "evaluated intelligence" about ongoing potential threats to airplanes bound for the United States. The officials said no US-based airlines have nonstop flights from those cities to the United States. With the order affecting flights from predominantly Muslim nations, the ban may invite comparisons to Trump's orders barring travel from several Muslim-majority-nations, which has been blocked by courts. Early in his candidacy, Trump had called on barring Muslims from entering the United States.

March 21, 2017 14:15 UTC

US, UK Bar Most Electronic Carry-Ons From Mideast, North Africa Flights

They said the decision was prompted by “evaluated intelligence” about potential threats to airplanes bound for the United States. The officials said no U.S.-based airlines have nonstop flights from those cities to the United States. Details of the electronics ban were first disclosed by Royal Jordanian and the official news agency of Saudi Arabia. In its statement, Royal Jordanian said the electronics ban would affect its flights to New York, Chicago, Detroit and Montreal. Most major airports in the United States have a computer tomography or CT scanner for checked baggage, which creates a detailed picture of a bag’s contents.

March 21, 2017 14:01 UTC

No new threat led to airline laptop ban, U.S., U.K. officials say

Senior Trump administration officials who briefed reporters about the ban said no U.S.-based airlines have nonstop flights from those cities to the U.S. The administration officials who spoke to reporters earlier said the security change was the result of "evaluated intelligence." A British security official also said there have not been, to that official's knowledge, recent European-directed plots involving such explosive devices. British officials said there is no specific time frame to implement Britain's new rules and airlines are deciding that question. The travel ban was more severe, separating families and barring students from studying in the U.S.

March 21, 2017 13:31 UTC

Electronics banned on some flights from Middle East, North Africa to U.S.

March 21 (UPI) -- Passengers traveling from airports in eight Middle Eastern and North African countries will no longer be allowed to carry electronics larger than cellphones onto foreign carriers, U.S. officials announced. The affected airlines include Royal Jordanian, Egypt Air, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad Airways. Officials said the limitations are designed to address gaps in foreign airport security and are not based on any specific threat of attack. A State Department official said that embassies of affected countries, as well as affected airlines, have been notified.Officials said about 50 daily flights to the United States will be impacted by the directive. Emirates Airways, a major carrier based in the United Arab Emirates, said it had not yet received the order but intends to comply.

March 21, 2017 12:54 UTC

Donald trump travel ban: Electronics not allowed on flights from 8 Muslim countries

The ban will affect over 50 flights from 10 airports, including major global hubs like Dubai and Istanbul, according to senior administration officials. Officials said the airlines affected by the ban will have 96 hours to comply with the restrictions. The airlines affected are Egyptair, Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways, Kuwait Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Turkish Airlines. Word of the ban was first made public Monday afternoon -- not by US administration officials, but in a tweet sent out by Royal Jordanian Airlines, reported the Washington Post. Royal Jordanian Airlines told passengers that medical devices were still allowed.

March 21, 2017 12:45 UTC

U.S. bans most carry-on electronic devices on flights from 8 nations in Middle East, North Africa

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March 21, 2017 12:00 UTC




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