Earlier this year, both the US and UK took enhanced security steps by implementing a ban on electronic items measuring more than 16cm x 9.3 cm x 1.5cm to be carried in carry on luggage on several airlines and routes. Affecting things such as laptops, large phones and tablets…which obviously isn’t the easiest when travelling for business!
Having to store all your electronics in your hold luggage really didn’t optimise the time had when flying.
Why was the ban introduced?
The ban was introduced due to both governments wanting to take measures to always ensure the safety of those residing in both countries. Unofficial reports claimed that there had been tip-offs that terrorist groups were looking at ways to smuggle bombs onto planes within iPads and smaller electronics. Whilst these have not been confirmed, it could explain the sudden drastic change which caused havoc on many passengers.
The ban initially affected:
US direct flights from international airports in:
- Cairo, Egypt
- Amman, Jordan
- Kuwait City, Kuwait
- Casablance, Morocco
- Doha, Qatar
- Riyadh & Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
- Istanbul, Turkey
- Dubai, UAE
UK direct inbound flights from:
- Saudi Arabia
What is the ban status now?
So…where are we at now, what are you able to do? Whilst the US ban has been lifted, the UK ban is still in place and will be for the foreseeable future.
As frustrating as this is – it can bring some much needed downtime during your flight…where you have to switch off since you won’t be surrounded by your electronics. This could actually leave you a bit more clear headed for your next meeting. Don’t worry though, we’ve already conjured up a list of things you can do whilst on a long-haul flight without your laptop. So…you’ll be prepared whatever the eventuality!