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Trump administration is considering cabin laptop ban on flights from UK airports – sources

The Trump administration is considering barring passengers flying to the US from UK airports from taking laptops into the cabins, sources have told the Guardian.

The proposed ban would be similar to one already imposed on travellers from several Middle Eastern countries.

According to British officials, their US counterparts are looking at extending the ban – which prevents any electronic devices larger than a smartphone being taken as carry-on luggage – to flights from Europe.


The US government suddenly imposed the ban in late March for flights from 10 airports in the Middle East.

Passengers must store their devices in checked-in baggage on flights from the affected airports in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

All of these countries are close US allies and none are covered by the Trump administration’s attempts to ban travellers from six other mostly Muslim nations.

Claire Reynolds