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The office of the British Prime Minister, Theresa May has banned large electronic devices on direct flights of passenger cabins coming from six Muslim-majority countries.

The order now effectively bans passengers on direct inbound flights from countries like Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, and Saudi Arabia from carrying electronic devices over 16cm in length, 9.3cm in width, and with a depth of over 1.5cm into the cabin.

Read also: US to ban passengers from Middle East, Africa carrying electronic devices

“Direct flights to the UK from these destinations continue to operate to the UK subject to these new measures being in place,” a government spokesman told reporters.

“We think these steps are necessary and proportionate to allow passengers to travel safely.”

These items would have to be in checked-in hold luggage, the spokesman said.

With the new directive, Britain now joins the US which only recently banned passengers flying to America from certain airports in the Middle East and Africa from carrying electronic gadgets on board, except cell phones and medical devices.

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