EasyJet sets out how new UK government flight ban on devices will affect its passengers

Rebecca Smith
EasyJet is contacting affected passengers to let them know about the rule change
EasyJet is contacting affected passengers to let them know about the rule change (Source: Getty)

EasyJet has become the first UK airline to lay out how the UK government's new cabin baggage ban on devices will impact on customers.

From today, passengers on EasyJet flights from Turkey and Egypt to the UK must put large electronic devices, including e-readers, in the hold. Phones, laptops and tablets larger than 16cm in length, 9.3cm in width and 1.5cm in depth aren't allowed into the cabin.

Read more: It's official: UK announces laptop and tablet bans for Middle East flights

The airline currently only flies from Hurghada in Egypt to the UK, but next week its Turkish flights resume. In total, the additional security measures will affect five of its airports on 15 routes, out of the 870 routes the airline flies.

The airline said:

"EasyJet can confirm that, in line with new UK government requirements, it will be introducing new security measures on its flights from Turkey and Egypt to the UK from today.

The new requirements mean that passengers on affected flights will not be permitted to take large personal electronics, such as kindles, tablets and laptops into the cabin of aircraft and additional security checks will be undertaken at the gate. We advise passengers to go to Bag Drop to check in any electronic items into their hand luggage.

"The safety and security of its passengers and crew is the airline's highest priority," it added in a statement.

EasyJet plans to contact affected passengers ahead of their flights to notify them of the changes.

The government announced yesterday that passengers on flights into the UK from six Middle Eastern countries would be affected by the change: Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

Transport secretary Chris Grayling is today answering an urgent question on the changes to security measures in the Commons. He has said: "We understand the frustration this may cause."

Grayling added that airline security is the government's top priority, but he could not give details on the kinds of threats the government has been made aware of that led to the ban.

Other UK carriers affected by the ban are:

British Airways - has told passengers they will face additional searches and questions and were likely to be called to their boarding gates earlier

Jet2.com - customers travelling from Turkey will face extra security checks and the new hand luggage restrictions, though hasn't said when the ban will be brought in

Monarch - will increase the paid-for hold luggage allowance by 3kgs free of charge to prepare for the extra weight of electrical devices. Flights won't be affected until it starts its Turkey summer service from 29 April

Thomas Cook - said customers flying from Turkey and Egypt should pack devices into their hold luggage to be checked before security, though hasn't yet said when the ban will be brought in

Thomson - its first affected flight departs early next week and has said it's "working through operational plans" ahead of then

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