Travel is about to get even more aggravating.
As a reminder, the USA in-flight electronics ban includes non-stop flights to the USA from the following nations:
- Kuwait City
- Doha, Qatar
- Abu Dhabi
And bans the following items in carry-on bags:
- laptop computers
- travel printers
- games bigger than a phone
Flight crews and medical equipment are excluded.
Differences Between UK and USA Bans
Although we do not have details yet, the BBC is reporting that the UK ban will vary slightly from the U.S. ban but the news is “obviously part of coordinated action with the US”.
The BBC sites a Somalia incident in February 2016 in which an attempt to down a flight was made with a laptop computer as one basis for this move. Seems a bit late, no?
Stay tuned for a formal announcement this afternoon–let’s hope that sanity prevails and somehow this ban will not be even worse than the USA ban. If the ban is as bad as expected, we will have another reason to avoid UK airports…
Top question on my mind: Will only Middle East carriers be targeted or will British Airways also be compelled to ban larger in-flight electronic devices?