UK Joins US, Bans Large Electronics on Middle Eastern Flights

Posted: Mar 21, 2017 1:45 PM

The United Kingdom took the advice of the United States on Tuesday and banned flight passengers from carrying large electronic devices while traveling from Middle Eastern countries.

The restrictions will be implemented in 14 airlines, six of which are based in the U.K., according to CNN.

"The additional security measures may cause some disruption for passengers and flights, and we understand the frustration that will cause, but our top priority will always be to maintain the safety of British nationals," the British government said.

Earlier in the day, President Donald Trump implemented a ban on large electronic devices from flight cabins during passenger flights from eight countries in Africa and Southwest Asia.

As the technology evolves, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said enemies of the U.S. are creating "innovative methods" to create terror in the skies.  Explosives can be disguised in laptops, tablets, cameras, and cell phones.

Foreign airports must comply within 96 hours.

A U.S. official told The Associated Press the ban will apply to 10 international airports serving the cities of Cairo in Egypt; Amman in Jordan; Kuwait City in Kuwait; Casablanca in Morocco; Doha in Qatar; Riyadh and Jeddah in Saudi Arabia; Istanbul in Turkey; and Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The ban is indefinite.