Britain lifts laptop ban on EgyptAir flights

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Passengers flying with EgyptAir from Cairo to Britain will again be allowed to carry personal electronic devices.
By Ben Ariel – Arutz Sheva
Passengers flying with EgyptAir from Cairo to Britain will again be allowed to carry personal electronic devices in aircraft cabins, the airline said on Friday, according to AFP.

The United States instituted the laptop ban in March for eight North African and Middle East countries based on intelligence that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group was working to build a bomb into a tablet or laptop.

Britain followed suit and banned similar-sized electronics on direct flights from Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia.

While subsequent reports indicated the U.S. was considering expanding the ban to include European flights as well, but last week, it unveiled security measures for flights to the country designed to prevent the expansion of the ban.

In a statement on Friday, EgyptAir cited unidentified “informed resources” in the airline as saying the British ban “will be lifted tomorrow (Saturday) on EgyptAir’s planes flying from Cairo to the UK.”

The United States lifted its electronics ban on the airline in July, noted AFP.

EgyptAir said the decision to lift the ban came “after UK transportation authorities have lauded and approved the safety and security measures applied to EgyptAir flights to London and made sure it is safe and proportionate to do so”.

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