Frequent flyers: Laptop ban could leave you at a loose end when travelling.

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Earlier this week it was leaked that the US authorities are going to require airlines from eight nations to ban passengers from having any electronic device larger than a cellphone on to the plane.

The ban affects ten airpots, including:

  • Cairo International, Egypt
  • Dubai international, UAE
  • Abu Dhabi international,¬†UAE
  • Kuwait International, Kuwait
  • Mohammaed V, Morocco
  • King Abudlaziz, Saudi Arabia
  • King Khalid, Saudi Arabia
  • Ataturk International, Turkey
  • Queen Alia, Jordan
  • Doha International, Qatar


The airlines affected are:

  • Royal Jordainia
  • Egyptair
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Saudia Airlines
  • Kuwait Airways
  • Royal Air Morocco
  • Qatar Airways
  • Emirates
  • Etihad

However, without much notice airlines are in the dark as to whether their employees need to also comply to the rules, and with only 96 hours to comply to the new rule…it has considerably been quite a quick turn of events for airlines to try and enforce.

The ban applies to direct flights both to and from the US for these airports. Action has been prompt on the concerns from the TSA and airlines have complied explaining that effective of the 21st March this rule will be carried out on all flights to the US.

Swiftly following suit, the UK government banned any device larger than 16cm x 9.3cm x 1.5 cm on direct flights to the UK. Stating that the action was necessary, effective and proportionate.
The UK airlines affected are:
  • British Airways
  • Easyjet
  • Monarch
  • Thomas Cook
  • Thomson

And the overseas carriers affected are:

  • Turkish Airlines
  • Pegasus Airways
  • Atlas-Global Airlines
  • Middle East Airlines
  • Egyptair
  • Royal Jordanian
  • Tunis Air

The ban has come into effect from both the US and UK due to mounting concern over terrorist attacks.

But…what does it mean for you?

So, obviously as a frequent flyer it will mean if you want to carry your laptop, you’ll now need to check baggage when on these direct routes! No more nipping in and off the plane to get the next meeting swiftly!

Also, there will be no more working as easily when in-flight…affecting the amount you can get done.

Definitely not ideal when you travel for business. We will keep you up to date as any more information unfolds.