After US, UK become the second country to restrict electronic devices on flights from several countries in the Middle East and North Africa.
The passengers coming from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Tunisia could carry only smartphones in the cabin. Any device bigger than 16.0 x 9.3 x 1.5cm, such as laptops, must be stored in checked, hold baggage.
“The United States government made a similar announcement earlier today regarding flights to the United States and we have been in close contact with them to fully understand their position,” the announcement reads. “We will not hesitate to put in place measures we believe are necessary, effective and proportionate.”
While no explicit reason for the ban other than the generally beefing up security has been given either side of the pond, it’s the sort of reaction you’d expect to a specific terrorist plot. According to some sources action is in response to UK agencies working with the same intelligence as their US equivalents, further substantiating that theory.