EasyJet imposes the ban of large electronic devices on direct flights from six countries effective on March 25. This move makes the carrier the first British airline to conform to the order by the UK government in response the increasing terror threats.
The affected passengers will be from direct flights on countries such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan, and Egypt. During the effectivity of the ban, passengers will no longer be allowed to bring tablets, DVD players, laptops and any other electronic device that is bigger than the typical smartphone in their hand-luggage. Such devices must be packed into the passenger's luggage that is going in the hold.
According to the Telegraph, the ban, which was identical to recent move by the US government, is to establish security towards the "aggressively pursuing innovative measures" of terrorists who usually use laptop bombs for their attacks. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has also confirmed that the ban will be for "good reasons".
"We understand the frustration that these measures may cause and we are working with the aviation industry to minimise any impact. Our top priority will always be to maintain the safety of British nationals," Grayling said.
In its official statement, EasyJet advised its clients to arrive at the airport earlier than the time of their flight as security measures will be strengthened. The airline also suggests to passengers not to bring electronic devices that are covered by the ban to avoid inconvenience on the passengers' end.
"We advise passengers to go to Bag Drop to check in any electronic items into their hand luggage," EasyJet says.
According to a report by the Travel Mole, all British airlines are given until March 25 to comply and implement the said electronic ban to all inbound flights from Middle East and North Africa. On the other hand, the UK Government stressed that this electronic ban is not associated with the recent travel ban imposed by US President Trump on Muslim-majority countries, but rather a response to the evolving threats of terrorism against aviation.
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