It’s undeniable that President Donald Trump’s recent wave of travel restrictions have been controversial, but after Britain announced it would be following the US policy of banning most carry-on electronics from flights leaving Muslim-majority countries, Germany says it will not be following suit.
When Homeland Security announced details of the new ban on Tuesday, it listed off ten airports across the Middle East and Northern Africa. Britain shortly followed with a similar list of countries, and while the US restrictions left some mystery as to which multipurpose devices may be allowed, Britain laid it out pretty clear that any device that surpassed a specific dimension would not be allowed onboard, including some popular large phones.
With the restriction hitting Europe, some had wondered if Germany would take a harder stance against its open border past and follow with their own restrictions, but when asked, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry provided a short, but concise, response: “German airports are not affected by the measures. Comparable rules are not planned in Germany at the moment.”