Lebanese soldiers stand guard near an MEA airplane at the tarmac in Beirut Rafik Hariri Airport, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Travelers from Beirut to the United Kingdom will not be allowed to carry on certain electronics on direct flights after Britain introduced new travel restrictions that would also affect five other Muslim-majority countries.Earlier, the United States imposed similar restrictions on planes coming from 10 airports in Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and North Africa – not including Lebanon – in response to unspecified security threats.Angela Gittens, director-general of airport association ACI World, likened the move to yearslong restrictions on liquids aboard planes, which she said also came suddenly, in response to a perceived threat, and caused some disruption.Airlines will adjust to the electronics policy, she said. Although U.S. civil liberties groups raised concerns that U.S. President Donald Trump was seeking another limit on movement after a travel ban from Muslim-majority countries was challenged in the courts, Britain took similar steps.The airports affected by the U.S. electronics rules are served by nine airlines, senior government officials said.
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