The UK has announced a cabin baggage ban on laptops, tablets, DVD players and phones over a certain size, following a similar U.S. decision affecting 8 countries, AFP reported. 

The restrictions were announced late on Tuesday and the countries affected by it are: Egypt, Tunisia, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

The move comes a few hours after a U.S. ban was declared.  

"The move will affect in-bound passengers from those countries on flights by UK carriers including British Airways, Easyjet, Jet 2, Monarch, Thomas Cook and Thomson flights," the Telegraph said.  

It will also affect people flying with foreign airlines including Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airways, Atlas-Global Airlines, Middle East Airlines, Egyptair, Royal Jordanian, Tunis Air, Saudia, the BBC reported. All carriers that fail to comply to the new requirements will be barred from flying into the UK. 

"Decisions to make changes to our aviation security regime are never taken lightly... We will not hesitate to act in order to maintain the safety of the travelling public and we will work closely with our international partners to minimize any disruption these new measures may cause," a UK government spokesperson was quoted as saying by the BBC.