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UK DfT lifts passenger electronic device cabin ban

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The UK Department for Transport (DfT) yesterday (9 January) lifted a ban on carrying large electronic devices in the aircraft cabin of some flights to the UK.

Large phones, laptops, tablets and accessories are now allowed in the cabin on flights to the UK from some destinations after restrictions were introduced in March last year over security concerns.

Restrictions on carrying large phones, laptops, tablets and accessories into the cabin of UK-bound flights from Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Tunisia were introduced.

Passengers flying from Amman (Jordan), Antalya (Turkey), Beirut (Lebanon), Bodrum (Turkey), Cairo (Egypt), Dalaman (Turkey), Hurghada (Egypt), Istanbul Atatürk (Turkey), Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (Turkey), Izmir (Turkey), Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Luxor (Egypt), Marsa Alam (Egypt), Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) and Tunis-Carthage International (Tunisia) can now bring electronic devices into the cabin.

The DfT said “after working with the aviation industry and international partners to introduce tough additional security measures, the UK government has lifted these restrictions on UK-bound flights”.