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US, UK ban Electonic devices larger than cell phones in flights:

Check in your Laptops, Tablets and Kindles if flying to US / UK via Middle East or North Africa. US and UK have banned laptops, tablets and any electronic device larger than a regular mobile phone - as carry-ons - in flights originating from 11 countries.

To minimize the impact of flights, the runway closures have been limited to the time period from 12 noon to 17:00 hrs of the above mentioned days.

These devices will have to be checked in as part of check-in baggage; they cannot be taken on board the flight as part of your cabin baggage - not even a camera if its bigger than your smartphone! Medical devices larger than a cell phone will be permitted after extra security checks.

Officials clarified that the decision had nothing to do with President Donald Trump's efforts to impose a travel ban on citizens of six majority-Muslim nations. On the contrary, the restrictions have been imposed in response to unspecified security threats to commercial aviation.

A U.S. counter-terrorism official said in a statement, "Our information indicates that terrorist groups’ efforts to execute an attack against the aviation sector are intensifying."

Emirates, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Egypt Air, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways and Royal Air Maroc airlines will be affected by the restrictions. 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.

While the USA has given airlines time until Friday to bring the restrictions into effect, Royal Jordanian and Saudi Airlines are implementing it right away. The restrictions are to be in place indefinitely.

The airports covered by the U.S. restrictions are in Cairo; Istanbul; Kuwait City; Doha, Qatar; Casablanca, Morocco; Amman, Jordan; Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates. Britain said its restrictions would apply to direct flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. .

Travellers flying to US / UK are requested to review their flight arrangements with respect to the above mentioned restrictions and plan their travel accordingly.

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