The UK will ban most electronic devices on flights from some Middle Eastern countries
Airline passengers travelling to the UK from Middle Eastern countries are to be banned from carrying laptops and other large electronic devices onboard.
Britain has followed the US, who announced a similar measure banning laptops, iPads, cameras, and any electronic devices larger than a mobile phone from passengers' handluggage on board flights from eight Middle Eastern and North African countries.
It is not yet known which airlines and which countries will be affected by the UK ban.
Airline passengers travelling to the UK from Middle Eastern countries are to be banned from carrying laptops and other large electronic devices onboard
Sky News said the details of the British ban, which might differ from the US measures, would possibly be confirmed later on Tuesday, according to security sources.
The British government had no immediate comment on the report.
The US ban will stop passengers bringing devices in their carry-on luggage and the restrictions will not affect any US airline as they do not fly to the ten airports affected.
Passengers flying to the States from 10 airports will no longer be allowed to have any electronic devices apart from mobiles phones in the cabin.
Instead, passengers will have to stow larger devices such as tablets and laptops with their checked baggage.
The US government cited unspecified threats as the reason for the new rules.
New US restrictions will be in place initially for nearly seven months before it is reviewed.
An Emirates spokeswoman said the airline understood that "the directive comes into effect on 25 March 2017 and is valid until 14 October 2017."
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Passengers travelling to the UK from the Middle East could be banned from carrying laptops on board
The move follows a similar measure announced on Tuesday by the US authorities
Earlier, the US Department of Homeland Security said the procedures would "remain in place until the threat changes" and did not rule out expanding to other airports if circumstances changed.
The restrictions apply to airlines flying direct to the United States from airports in Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Morocco and Qatar.
The airports affected are in Amman, Cairo, Kuwait City, Doha, Dubai, Istanbul, Abu Dhabi, Casablanca, Morocco; Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, EgyptAir and Turkish Airlines also said they were subject to the ban. Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) and Royal Jordanian are also applying the restrictions.
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Other Middle East carriers Royal Air Maroc and Kuwait Airways are expected to be impacted.
The move come weeks after it was revealed that UK security services have foiled 13 potential attacks in less than four years, while counter-terrorism units are running more than 500 investigations at any time.
The official threat level for international terrorism has stood at severe, meaning an attack is "highly likely", for more than two years.
US president Donald Trump has attempted to introduce a travel ban aimed at people from Muslim-majority countries, which has run into trouble in the US courts.