The British government has today (March 21) announced a cabin baggage ban of large electronic devices on some inbound UK flights.

A number of Middle Eastern and North African countries will be affected. They include Turkey, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Jordan in the Middle East, and Egypt and Tunisia in North Africa. Laptops, tablets and smartphones larger than 16.0cm x 9.3cm and any deeper than 1.5cm will be required to travel in the aircraft’s luggage hold only and checked-in beforehand. However, most smartphones fall within the size limits and will not be affected. The UK ban follows an identical announcement by the US government on their security measures for a number of inbound flights originating from countries that are also included in the UK restrictions.

A statement from Heathrow earlier today said: “The safety and security of our passengers and colleagues is our top priority and we work closely with the police and Government authorities to remain vigilant and to respond to any changes in the security situation. The changes announced today by the UK and US governments are not expected to have any impact on security procedures for those departing from Heathrow.”