It can be recalled that the UK Department for Transport placed restrictions on the use of laptops and other heavy electronic devices on UK-bound flights from six countries in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. The countries included:
Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia
Devices affected were:
large phones. all laptops all tablets and e-readers, keyboards, power cable transformers,external hard drives, spare or separate device batteries and portable power sources.
Other peripheral devices constructed to work with either a phone, tablet or laptop exceeding dimensions of length, 16.0cm; width: 9.3cm; and depth: 1.5cm were also prohibited.
This move followed the US policy to ban said devices, although their restrictions were placed on 10 airports in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt. But the US dropped all the bans in July after putting in place extra layers of securities at its airports. The UK however, have been following suit as well but the bans have not been entirely lifted.
The following airports have seen their restrictions lifted
Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (Turkey)
Tunis-Carthage International (Tunisia)
The DfT has however adviced passengers to check with their airlines to confirm whether their flights are still restricted as restrictions might apply differently to certain airlines.
The DfT has further stated that restrictions are still in place at other airports and “will be lifted on a case-by-case basis once the UK government has verified that airlines have put in place alternative security measures, and that it is safe and proportionate to do so”.
Airports where bans are not lifted include (some airlines may be exempt)
Turkey: Istanbul Atatürk and Dalaman
Egypt: Cairo, Hurghada Marsa Alam and Luxor
Saudi Arabia: Jeddah and Riyadh
So on your next travel it will be wise to check out which airline you’re willing to book with if you’re on using your laptop in-flight. More bans are expected to be lifted in the coming weeks.