Is the “laptop ban” for flights from Turkey to the UK in force?

Last year the UK government implemented a ban on electronic devices for the flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, and Saudi Arabia.

After a while this ban was revoked for some airports. In addition, I had a flight from Istanbul to London with Turkish Airlines last month. I didn’t have any issue with my laptop.

Tomorrow I have a flight again, but with British Airways this time. During the online check-in I noticed this news, which was updated a few days ago.

Hand baggage restrictions for electronic items on flights from some
countries

Answer Id 5709 Updated 15/05/2018 02.21 PM (UK time) Summary

British Airways is complying with additional UK Government security
requirements on flights TO the UK FROM the following countries:

  • Egypt
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey (British Airways operates from Atatürk airport in Istanbul)

The government website says (without any timestamp):

Flights to the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Saudi Arabia

There are specific restrictions for flights to the UK from these
countries.

You do not need to follow these restrictions if your flight is from
Antalya, Bodrum, Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen or Izmir airports in Turkey,
or from Luxor, Hurghada or Marsa Alam airports in Egypt. Follow the
restrictions for all other flights to the UK instead.

Since my flight is from Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST), it is not exempt from the restrictions (in case the information is valid). My search on Google News didn’t return any recent news relevant, so I got confused.

Is the ban in force again or do British Airways still apply the restrictions from the last year?

Answer

Yes, these restrictions are still in effect.

For reference see this UK Government Website, and this British Airways website.

(Yes, those are the same 2 websites listed in your question – but they are both about as definitive as you can get that the restrictions are still in place!)

The restrictions do not apply to Turkish Airlines and Pegasus airlines as they have instigated additional screening measures which the UK government has approved (which is why you’ll normally see these flights depart from a fixed few gates, such as gate 218 at IST)

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