Britain bans laptops on flights from six countries

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While the United States ban on electronic devices applies to 10 airports and eight Muslim-majority countries, the UK's ban specifically applies to six Middle East countries in total.

There has been a mixed response to a new ban imposed by the U.S. and Britain on large carry-on electronic devices on planes.

The ban on phones, laptops and tablets larger than 16.0cm x 9.3cm x 1.5cm applies to all direct passenger flights from Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

Royal Jordanian Airlines said in a tweet on Monday that US -bound passengers would be barred from carrying most electronic devices aboard aircraft starting Tuesday at the request of USA officials, including those that transit through Canada. The UK ban, unlike the U.S. one, directly impacts national carriers and may cause a diplomatic ruckus for the country.

The US ban applies to 10 airports that fly nonstop to American airports in Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, and UAE.

The president of the Middle East's biggest airline says a ban on electronics other than mobile ph. The British ban is similar, but it also bars some large smartphones from being carried into the cabin.

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The move will also hit UK-bound passengers from other countries that may have connecting flights from the aforementioned countries.

The ban is a copy of the ban announced by the us earlier on Tuesday; only difference is that some United Kingdom airlines will be affected from the ban, while no USA carriers affected from their ban.

The new U.S. measures will hit the operations of the big three Gulf airlines that have become the most important force in long-haul aviation over the past two decades and which have extensive operations between the United States and their global hubs in the Gulf.

Many airlines have received a note that the ban will only be up to October 14, but according to the government, the ban is indefinite. The passengers would still be able to carry cell phones and medical devices upon permission.

If the airlines don't comply with the order within the 96 hour time frame, "we will work with the FAA to pull their certificate and they will not be allowed to fly to the United States", CNN quoted one senior U.S. official as saying.

U.S. authorities said the measure is the result of intelligence showing a risk for terrorist activity involving commercial aviation. As for future bans on additional airports, Homeland Security said the security requirement of the Transportation Security Administration may change "as threats change".

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