The UK has announced its own ban on electronics on flight cabins. This ban is not exactly the same as the US ban, and affects a slightly different set of countries and airlines.
Downing Street has declared that smartphones larger than 16cm x 9.3cm, tablets, and laptops are no longer allowed in carry-on luggage and must be checked in. The ban also applies to cameras, e-readers, and handheld gaming devices.
With that in mind, the ban covers six UK airlines and eight from the Middle East. Unlike the US directive, the UK’s version does not affect Qatar Airways, Etihad, or Emirates.
The full list of airlines are: British Airways, EasyJet, Jet2.com, Monarch, Thomas Cook, Thomson, Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airways, Atlas-Global Airlines, Middle East Airlines, Egyptair, Royal Jordanian, Tunis Air, and Saudia.
The UK government explained that the ban has been implemented due to security concerns. However, it is leaving the implementation of the ban to the individual airlines.