Plane Laptop Ban On UK Flights
How It Will Affect You?
Passengers flying into the UK from certain Middle East and North African airports will now face a ban from carrying electronic devices on board planes in their hand luggage.
Obviously, the passengers that will be most affected by this ban, are passengers who have booked cheaper flight options and are just travelling with ‘Hand’ luggage only. If passengers travelling on flights that now enforce the UK flight ban on electronic devices have only booked ‘Hand’ luggage but wish to take their electronic items, they will now have to check-in ‘Hold’ luggage.
Why Has The ban Been Enforced
The British Prime Minister Theresa May had been in a series of meetings with Aviation Security and as a result of the latest meeting, she had ordered the laptop ban on UK flights from certain countries with immediate effect.
Although the Government has not given any specific details on why it has imposed the ban, it is believed that the new ban comes after Security Services uncovered new Security threats.
The UK Government announced the new ban on electronic items being take on board the cabin area on aircrafts on Tuesday 21 March 2017 amidst new growing Security fears over terrorist threats and after a similar security ban had been enforced by the US.
A Government spokesman said:
“The safety and security of the travelling public is our highest priority.
“That is why we keep our aviation security under constant review and put in place measures we believe are necessary, effective and proportionate.”
Which Countries Does The Ban Apply
Flights to the UK from the following countries will all now have the ‘Laptop’ ban imposed.
Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, Turkey and Saudi Arabia
Which Airlines Will Be Affected
Currently, there are several UK airlines which will be affected by the new ‘Laptop’ ban on planes and passengers flying with British Airways, Easyjet, Jet2, Monarch, Thomson and Thomas Cook will not be allowed to take certain electronic devices on board the plane into the cabin in their hand luggage.
There are also other non UK airlines that will be affected by the introduction of the new ban and these are Atlas-Global, Egypt Air, Middle East Airlines, Pegasus Airways, Royal Jordanian, Saudia, Tunis Air and Turkish Airlines.
Each airlines will be responsible for enforcing the ban and they will be required to inform passengers at the check-in desks or prior to check-in as to whether they will need to put their electronic devices in the hold.
The US Ban
The US ban is a little different to the UK ban on electronic devices on flights and the US restrictions apply to flights from 10 airports in eight different countries.
There are currently 9 airlines that will be affected and they are:
EgyptAir, Emirates, Etihad, Kuwait Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, Royal Air Maroc, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Turkish Airlines,
The Laptop ban on flights to the UK will undoubtedly cause huge disruption to passengers, airlines and at Airport Security in countries where the ban is imposed. However, despite the huge disruption that it may cause, it is best that the safety of the travelling public is paramount and checks are being carried out.
What Electronic Devices Will Be Ban On Board Aircrafts
At present, the ban covers all electronic devices that are larger than:
Length: 6.3 Inches (16cm)
Width: 3.6 Inches (9.3cm)
Depth: 0.6 Inches (1.5cm)
This means that all electronic equipment and devices such as laptops, tablets, Kindles (and other eReaders), portable DVD players and handheld game consoles will be included in the ban and wil not be allowed in the cabin of the aircraft and will have to travel in the Hold.
How Long Will The Ban On Electronic Device In Plane Cabins Last
At present, there has not been a date or period of time set to when the ban will end. The US has said their ban will last seven month before there will be a review on the ban.
One major concern by many passengers is whether or not their valuable items such as laptops and iPads will be insured if they are travelling as checked-in luggage in the Hold. The travel association ABTA, has said that usually laptops and iPads are not insured for loss or damage if they are travelling in the Hold. If you are affect by the ban and are travelling on a flight where you will be required to check-in your electronic devices and travel them in the Hold, it is advisable to contact your Insurers to check if they will be insured.
Obviously, if the ban on electronic devices on planes affects you and you are required to place your electronic items in the Hold, you should consider whether it is essential to take them with or not. If you are travelling on business, then you will probably need to take them with you but if you can do without, it might be the safest and wisest option.
What To Do
If you are travelling on any of the airlines or travelling from any of the countries mentioned above to the UK and you are concerned, it is advisable to contact the airline to which you are flying with prior to your travel dates. Ask then if the ban applies to you and if so, what is the best action to take regarding travelling with your electronic device on the aircraft.
If you require more information regarding new Aviation Security measure and the latest information on the ban on electronic devices on planes to the UK, you can read more on the following Government website page:
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