The New Ban on Airplane Cabin Laptops & Tablets

As travel inconveniences go, the new aircraft cabin Laptop and Tablet ban, announced by the UK and US governments has to rate pretty close to the top.

Don’t worry or fret about placing you laptop, MacBook or tablet in your hold baggage, apart from ensuring that your bags are properly secured you will need to ensure that adequate protection is provided against knocks and scrapes; especially if you are travelling with a soft hold bag. You will not be able to travel with anything larger than 16cm x 9.3cm x 1.5cm (6.2in x 3.6in x 0.5in) in your cabin baggage.

As reported in the BBC, the nine airlines covered by the US ban are:- 

  • Royal Jordanian
  • EgyptAir
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Saudi Arabian Airlines
  • Kuwait Airways
  • Royal Air Maroc
  • Qatar Airways
  • Emirates
  • Etihad Airways.

The UK ban includes the above plus:-

  • British Airways
  • EasyJet
  • Jet2, Monarch,
  • Thomas Cook
  • Thomson

The UK ban covers DIRECT FLIGHTS to the United Kingdom from

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

It is unclear but expect that if you come from a connecting flight.  Ie: Bangkok to London Heathrow via Turkey (Istanbul Airport) that you will have to check you laptop and tablet in Bangkok.

The Department for Transport notes that some of the most common smartphones will not be affected.

  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy 7 Edge
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  • LG G3
  • Sony Xperia Z2

For up to date information it is suggested that you check with your carrier before setting off so you can prepare properly before arriving at the checkin counter. The US ban is up for review in October so fingers crossed we will review at the same time.

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