Canada, France could soon follow suit with US-style laptop ban

Published March 22nd, 2017 - 09:19 GMT
The laptop ban is believed to come amid fears over new terrorist tactics. (File photo)
The laptop ban is believed to come amid fears over new terrorist tactics. (File photo)

AP reported that Canada and France could soon follow suit with US ban on laptops and other large electronic devices. 

On Tuesday, the US announced it was going to ban electronic devices, such as laptops and tablets, from cabin baggage on flights from eight Middle Eastern countries.

The UK issued a similar order, applied to direct flights from a shorter list of countries. 

A tweet from Saudi Airlines and one, subsequently deleted, by Royal Jordanian airlines informed their customers of an imminent cabin ban on electronic devices larger than a smartphone.

The US ban will hit flights operated by Royal Jordanian, EgyptAir, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad Airways.

The airports touched by the US ban are Queen Alia International in Amman, Jordan; Cairo International in Egypt; Ataturk in Istanbul, Turkey; King Abdulaziz International in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; King Khalid International in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Kuwait International; Mohammed V International in Casablanca, Morocco; Hamad International in Doha, Qatar; and the Dubai and Abu Dhabi airports in the United Arab Emirates. 

The UK ban only involves six countries, two of which - Lebanon and Tunisia - do not feature on the US list. 

The ban is believed to come amid fears over new terrorist tactics.

 


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