Washington/London, March 22: The United States and Britain on Tuesday imposed restrictions on carrying several electronic devices on international planes coming from the Middle East and North African countries. This ban is called by both the countries after looking to the increasing terror threats. However, now travelers from the Middle East and North African cannot carry laptops, tablets, electronic games, portable DVD players, cameras and other devices to US and UK.
Notably, the US Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday said passengers traveling from a specific list of airports could not bring into the main cabin devices larger than a mobile phone such as tablets, portable DVD players, laptops and cameras. The indefinite ban targets 10 airports in the Middle East and nine airlines, including Turkish Airlines and the major Gulf carriers: Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways.
However, the electronics ban affects flights from international airports to the U.S. from in Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Cairo; Istanbul; Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Casablanca, Morocco; Doha, Qatar; and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. About 50 flights a day, all on foreign carriers, will be affected.
Meanwhile, Britain’s Prime Minster Theresa May's office also announced that laptops and other larger electronic devices would be banned on direct inbound flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, and Saudi Arabia.
A spokesman for British Prime Minister Theresa May said there would be curbs on electronic items in the cabin on flights from six countries in the Middle East. The foreign office said the measures would be implemented by March 25. The British regulations will affect British Airways, easyJet, Jet2, Monarch, Thomas Cook, Thomson, Atlas-Global, Pegasus, EgyptAir, Royal Jordanian, Middle East Airlines, Saudia, Turkish Airlines and Tunisair.
On the other side, Turkey said on Tuesday it would ask the United States to reverse the electronics ban. Turkey’s Transport Minister Ahmet Arslan said, "We particularly emphasize how this will not benefit the passenger and that reverse steps or a softening should be adopted."
Earlier, On March 6, Trump signed a revised executive order barring citizens from Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from traveling to the US for 90 days. Two federal judges have halted parts of the ban although Trump has vowed to appeal. While Democrats have criticized Republican Trump’s travel ban, but Trump administration has clearly stated that the ban is only for the sake of the safety of Americans.