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Friday, 19 May 2017 11:25

Laptop ban on flights from Europe to US put off

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Officials from the US and the European Union have decided to put off a ban on carrying any digital device bigger than a smartphone into the cabin of an airplane.

But the officials, who met for four hours in Brussels, said unspecified other measures would be considered, the BBC reported.

Earlier this month, there were reports that the Trump administration was looking at the benefits and travel disruptions that could be caused if the ban, which is now in force for some Middle Eastern and African airports, was extended to the UK and Europe.

The Brussels meeting was said to have been called by EU officials after hearing of the American plans.

The ban on carrying anything larger than a mobile phone on one's person while flying came into force in March. The US move was followed by the UK but the two countries banned a differing list of airlines, with the latter including some British carriers as well.

The airports hit by the US ban are: Queen Alia International Airport (Jordan), Cairo International Airport (Egypt), Ataturk International Airport (Turkey), King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (Saudi Arabia), King Khalid International Airport (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait International Airport, Mohammed V Airport (Morocco), Hamad International Airport (Qatar), Dubai International Airport (United Arab Emirates) and Abu Dhabi International Airport (United Arab Emirates).

The UK ban affects Middle Eastern carriers Royal Jordanian Airlines, Egypt Air, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways , Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad Airways. British carrier affected are British Airways, EasyJet, Jet2.com, Monarch, Thomas Cook, Thomson. Foreign carriers affected are Pegasus Airways, Atlas-Global Airlines, Middle East Airlines, Tunis Air and Saudia.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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