Turkish Airlines implements new laptop rule as #ElectronicsBan comes into effect


The US ban influences nine airlines from eight countries namely: Turkey, Morocco, Jordan, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

Turkish Airlines followed suit, and shared an advert to celebrate passengers having watched more than 2 billion minutes of entertainment while flying over the year. Though US officials haven't specified how long the ban will be.

Asked why such devices were not banned from all flights if bombs can be hidden in them, she told BBC One's Andrew Marr Show: "It's hard to say how far this will go, whether we may at some stage arrive at that place". Once they're done, users have to declare and hand over banned electronics to security at the gate.

By providing its new service from Istanbul Ataturk Airport, Turkish Airlines offers a "safe and secure method of carrying electronic devices in a special area in the cargo hold of the aircraft", the airline said. The latest policy won't "help" demand for Emirates' 18 flights a day to the U.S., Clark said, adding that a true assessment of the ban's impact will come next month as travelers plan summer vacations. The airline will then carefully pack the devices into boxes, load them into the aircraft hold, and return them to passengers at the US destination.

Government-owned Emirates controls 18 flights daily to the United States out of Dubai.

Al-Qsous says security measures at Jordan's Queen Alia International Airport are among the most stringent in the region.

The UK ban was announced last week after Theresa May chaired a meeting with the Department for Transport.

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He says he believes the US has the right to set the rules for flights landing on its territory.

That guidance differs from the information provided by senior Trump administration officials, who have said the ban will be in place as of Tuesday.

A spokesman for Royal Jordanian says the airliner has not yet started to enforce a new US regulation that prevents passengers on USA -bound flights from eight countries, including Jordan, from bringing laptops and most other electronics in their carry-on luggage.

Royal Jordanian also took a tongue-in-cheek approach, listing on Twitter "12 things to do on a 12-hour flight with no laptop or tablet", including reading, meditating, saying hello to your neighbour, or "reclaiming territory on your armrest".

Still, no changes are planned yet and Emirates expects "robust demand" on its new Athens-Newark route this year.

Meanwhile, Tunisia has summoned the British ambassador to the country to protest the "unjustified" ban on electronic devices on flights to the UK.