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Additional airline security measures on some routes travelling to the UK

tablet computer[P]hones, laptops and tablets larger than 16.0cm x 9.3cm x 1.5cm not allowed in the cabin on flights to the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Tunisia.

Today the government announced there will be changes to aviation security measures for selected inbound flights to the United Kingdom.

The Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP said: “The United States government made a similar announcement earlier today regarding flights to the United States and we have been in close contact with them to fully understand their position.

“In conjunction with our international partners and the aviation industry, the UK government keeps aviation security under constant review. The UK has some of the most robust aviation security measures in the world and at all times the safety and security of the public is our primary concern.

“We will not hesitate to put in place measures we believe are necessary, effective and proportionate.”

Under the new arrangements, phones, laptops and tablets larger than:

length: 16.0cm
width: 9.3cm
depth: 1.5cm

will not be allowed in the cabin on selected flights to the UK from the countries affected.

Most smart phones fall within these limits and will continue to be allowed on board. However, devices larger than these dimensions may not be carried in the cabin.

This is in addition to other existing security arrangements.

This will apply to inbound flights to the UK from the following locations:

  • Turkey
  • Lebanon
  • Egypt
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Jordan
  • Tunisia

Passengers are therefore advised to check online with their airline for further details.

These new measures apply to flights into the UK.

Those with imminent travel plans should contact their airline for further information.

More information can be found on the Department for Transport website and the travelling public should consult the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s travel advice pages on GOV.UK.

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