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UK lifts laptop ban on flights from Middle East

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The UK has lifted restrictions on carry-on electronic devices on planes coming from certain airports in Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

The UK Department for Transport announced on Wednesday that restrictions on large electronic devices were lifted on all UK bound flights from the airports of Cairo, Hurghada, Luxor, and Marsa Alam in Egypt, Amman in Jordan, Beirut in Lebanon, Jeddah and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, Tunis-Carthage International in Tunisia and Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman, Istanbul Ataturk, Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen and Izmir in Turkey.

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Since March 2017 passengers travelling out of these countries and heading to the UK were forced to check-in all large electronic devices, including laptops and tablets, with their luggage.

It came following a similar step which saw America instructed airlines from 13 countries – including Saudi Airlines and Royal Jordanian airlines – to forbid passengers from carrying electrical devices larger than a mobile phone.

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