UK set to ban laptops on flights from Middle East countries

Government to announce similar limits to US, which allows no electronic devices apart from mobile phones in cabins

Cairo International airport is one of several in the Middle East affected by the US ban on electronic devices larger than a mobile. Photograph: David Degner/Getty Images

Britain is set to follow the US cabin-luggage ban on laptops and other electronic devices on UK flights from Middle East countries, with new regulations expected to be announced imminently.

Government sources told the Guardian the UK rules would not exactly mirror the ban issued by the US, which forbids airlines from eight countries from allowing passengers to carry electronic devices such as laptops, tablets and even cameras larger than mobile phones into the plane cabin. Passengers must check in any such devices in their hold luggage.

The ban and its full details were expected to be formally announced on Tuesday afternoon.

The decision by the UK government is understood to have come after several weeks of meetings about airline security, including one on Tuesday morning. Discussions have also been taking place with US counterparts.

“This is about keeping the British people safe,” the source said.

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Source By https://www.theguardian.com

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