Emirates, Etihad say not advised of new United States flight restrictions on electronics

Emirates, Etihad say not advised of new United States flight restrictions on electronics

Passengers traveling from airports in eight Middle Eastern and North African countries will no longer be allowed to carry electronics larger than cellphones onto foreign carriers, US officials announced.

Cameras, tablets and ebooks, laptop, and other electronics will have to be packed into checked luggage, said an emailed confidential Homeland Security edict to airlines. The UK carriers are British Airways, easyJet, Jet2.com, Monarch, Thomas Cook and Thomson, while overseas airlines affected are Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airways, Atlas-Global Airlines, Middle East Airlines, EgyptAir, Royal Jordanian, Tunisair and Saudia.

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Emirates is the largest Middle East carrier operating to the US with daily flights to 12 destinations.

The ban covers electronics larger than cellphones.

The restrictions were prompted by reports that militant groups want to smuggle explosive devices in electronic gadgets, United States officials told reporters.

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What prompted the U.S. and United Kingdom to implement the electronics ban in aircraft cabins is a mystery, but it may have been prompted by a scare of some kind. "Any such devices will need to be placed into hold luggage and checked-in before going through central security". Instead, it reflects a new consensus among US Intelligence Agencies that terrorist groups are now smuggling explosive devises hidden in electronic devices such as laptops.

Number 10 said it was up to individual airlines to decide when to begin enforcing the ban and passengers should contact their airline for more information. A Department of Homeland Security spokesperson said the government "did not target specific nations".

Intelligence reports said that terrorists are now planning to use gadgets to carry out terrorist attacks.

Some private Indian airlines, which operate flights to the USA, said they too were yet to receive any advisory from their partner airlines.

These flights will fly from KL International Airport to Dubai International Airport (Emirates), Abu Dhabi International Airport (Etihad Airways) and Doha's Hamad International Airport (Qatar Airways).

The British government said it was banning large electronic devices from airplane cabins on flights to Britain from Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Lebanon and Tunisia.