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Laptop cabin ban 'could be extended to all planes'

By Arj Singh

Britain's ban on laptops and tablets being carried as cabin baggage on inbound flights from a group of Middle East countries could at some stage be extended to all flights, Home Secretary Amber Rudd has suggested.

It was announced on Tuesday that passengers will no longer be able to carry large electronic devices on inbound flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

It will theoretically stop a terrorist on an affected flight from physically triggering a bomb concealed in a laptop, and would ensure any explosion takes place in the hold, away from other passengers.

Asked why such devices were not banned from all flights if bombs can be hidden in them, Ms Rudd told BBC One's Andrew Marr Show: "It's difficult to say how far this will go, whether we may at some stage arrive at that place."

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