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Laptop ban on flights from Europe to US put off

Officials from the US and the European Union have decided to put off a ban on carrying any digital device bigger than a smartphone into the cabin of an airplane.

But the officials, who met for four hours in Brussels, said unspecified other measures would be considered, the BBC reported.

Earlier this month, there were reports that the Trump administration was looking at the benefits and travel disruptions that could be caused if the ban, which is now in force for some Middle Eastern and African airports, was extended to the UK and Europe.

The Brussels meeting was said to have been called by EU officials after hearing of the American plans.

The ban on carrying anything larger than a mobile phone on one's person while flying came into force in March. The US move was followed by the UK but the two countries banned a differing list of airlines, with the latter including some British carriers as well.

The airports hit by the US ban are: Queen Alia International Airport (Jordan), Cairo International Airport (Egypt), Ataturk International Airport (Turkey), King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (Saudi Arabia), King Khalid International Airport (Saudi Arabia), Kuwait International Airport, Mohammed V Airport (Morocco), Hamad International Airport (Qatar), Dubai International Airport (United Arab Emirates) and Abu Dhabi International Airport (United Arab Emirates).

The UK ban affects Middle Eastern carriers Royal Jordanian Airlines, Egypt Air, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways , Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad Airways. British carrier affected are British Airways, EasyJet, Jet2.com, Monarch, Thomas Cook, Thomson. Foreign carriers affected are Pegasus Airways, Atlas-Global Airlines, Middle East Airlines, Tunis Air and Saudia.

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