The UK has lifted its carry-on ban for laptops and larger electronic devices on flights from Turkey’s Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen airport.

The Department for Transport said that that passengers may now “take large phones, laptops, tablets and accessories into the cabin with them”, when flying from Sabiha Gokcen to the UK.

However the restrictions remain on flights from Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, as well as on flights from the following airports:


  • Izmir
  • Bodrum
  • Antalya
  • Dalaman


  • Cairo
  • Hurghada
  • Marsa Alam
  • Luxor

Saudi Arabia

  • Jeddah
  • Riyadh


  • Amman


  • Beirut


  • Tunis

The UK government introduced carry-on restrictions on larger electronics devices on flights from certain countries in March, shortly after the US had imposed a similar ban.

The Department of Homeland Security gradually lifted its restrictions following the introduction of new security procedures, and the US ban officially came to an end earlier this month.

In a statement the DfT said that “after working with the aviation industry and international partners to introduce tough additional security measures, the UK government has begun lifting these restrictions on some UK-bound flights.”

“Restrictions remain in place at other airports and will be lifted on a case-by-case basis once the UK government has verified that airlines have put in place alternative security measures, and that it is safe and proportionate to do so.”

It added that this page (last updated on July 28) “will be updated on an airport-by-airport basis, once restrictions have been lifted on all affected airlines serving the airport in question”.