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Britain bans electronic devices in carry-on bags on flights from six countries

Published:Tuesday | March 21, 2017 | 11:49 AM

Britain's government has banned electronic devices in the carry-on bags of passengers travelling to the UK from six countries, following closely on a similar ban imposed by the United States.

The government says in a statement that Prime Minister Theresa May chaired a meeting on aviation security earlier Tuesday in which it was agreed that new aviation security measures on all inbound direct flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

The statement says that Britain has been in touch with the Americans to fully understand their position.

Under the new arrangements, passengers on the flights "will not be allowed to take any phones, laptops or tablets larger than a normal sized mobile or smart phone," into the cabin.

Meanwhile, Turkey's transportation minister says his country is in talks with United States authorities to "stop or soften" the US restriction on electronics for flights bound from Istanbul to the US.

Minister Ahmet Arslan objected to the restriction on Tuesday, saying it would reduce both the comfort and number of passengers, the private Dogan news agency reported.

Arslan urged the US to "not confuse Istanbul with other places," saying that Turkish authorities already take every possible security precaution. He added Turkey expects the issue to be resolved in the coming days.

Turkey's main carrier, Turkish Airlines, posted a notice on its website informing passengers to not bring on board "any electronic or electrical devices larger than a cell phone or smartphone (except medical devices)" to flights arriving in US destinations.