Electronics ban on flights - countries and devices concerned

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By Everton Gayle
Electronics ban on flights - countries and devices concerned

<p><strong>What is behind the decision to ban certain electronic devices from US-bound flights from a list of Muslim countries?</strong></p> <p>The Department of Homeland Security (<span class="caps">DHS</span>) believes there is an elevated risk of a bomb being hidden in a laptop, tablet, camera or similar electronic device. Experts believe a small explosion from a bomb emanating from a laptop could have a “catastrophic” affect on an airplane flying at altitude. </p> <p>The <span class="caps">DHS</span> referenced attacks such as the case of the <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2016/02/03/passenger-jet-lands-safely-after-hole-blown-in-fuselage">explosion on a Daallo Airlines flight from Somalia</a> and the <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2016/12/15/traces-of-explosives-found-on-victims-of-egyptair-crash-in-may-egypt-investigators-say">downing of an Egyptair plane in 2016.</a></p> <p>Large electronic items will only be allowed in checked baggage.</p> <p><strong>When does the ban come into effect?</strong></p> <p>Officials have given airlines 96 hours, beginning at 0700 <span class="caps">GMT</span> today</p> <p><strong>How long will it last?</strong><br /> No end date has been given.</p> <img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/36/11/361147/900x507_bonus-newplane-tweet.jpg" style="width:100%;"/> <p><strong>What items are on the no-go list?</strong><br /> Banned devices include laptops, tablets, e-readers, cameras, portable <span class="caps">DVD</span> players, electronic gaming units larger than a smartphone, and travel printers/scanners.</p> <p><strong>Does this include mobile phones?</strong><br /> No, mobile phones are exempt</p> <p><strong>Which airlines are affected?</strong><br /> Royal Jordanian<br /> Egypt Air<br /> Turkish Airlines<br /> Saudi Arabian Airlines<br /> Kuwait Airways<br /> Royal Air Maroc<br /> Qatar Airways<br /> Emirates<br /> Etihad Airways</p> <p><strong>Which airports are affected by the electronics ban?</strong><br /> Hamad International Airport, Doha, Qatar<br /> Dubai International Airport, <span class="caps">UAE</span><br /> Abu Dhabi International Airport, <span class="caps">UAE</span><br /> Ataturk International Airport, Istanbul, Turkey<br /> Queen Alia International Airport, Amman, Jordan<br /> Cairo International Airport, Egypt<br /> King Abdul Aziz International Airport, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia<br /> King Khalid International Airport, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia<br /> Mohammed V Airport, Casablanca, Morocco<br /> Kuwait International Airport, Kuwait</p> <img src="https://static.euronews.com/articles/36/11/361126/900x507_bonus-bonus2.jpg" style="width:100%;"/> <p><strong>Why these airports?</strong><br /> The United States is worried that there may be gaps in screening and that there is a chance that terrorists have infiltrated authorised airport personnel.<br /> Passengers departing from the US will be allowed to take electronic devices onto flights</p> <p><strong>What’s with the UK ban?</strong><br /> Soon after the US ban the UK said it would <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/additional-airline-security-measures-on-some-routes-travelling-to-the-uk">not allow phones, laptops and tablets larger than 16.0cm x 9.3cm x 1.5cm in the cabins of airplanes.</a> Smartphones will not be affected</p> <p><strong>And this applies to inbound and outbound flights from where?</strong></p> <p>This applies to inbound flights from the following countries:<br /> Turkey<br /> Lebanon<br /> Egypt<br /> Saudi Arabia<br /> Jordan<br /> Tunisia</p> <p>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.</p> <p><strong>What if I bring my electronics anyway?</strong></p> <p>Passengers who attempt to bring their banned electronic devices into the cabin of their flight will be ordered to put them to the hold of the plane. </p> <p>Passengers may additionally have to pay an extra fee and travel insurance may not cover costs if the device gets damaged or stolen.</p>