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PESHAWAR: Authorities have banned the use of smartphones at all lounges of the Bacha Khan airport over security concerns.
According to notification by the provincial government, the ban will be effective immediately. Passengers will be allowed to use smartphones but only in restricted areas and with the airport manager’s permission.
If any person is found violating the order and using smartphones at the lounges, action will be taken against the violator and the smartphone will also be confiscated, said the notification. The authorities have not shared further details about the nature of security threats and the duration of the ban.
The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has issued a notification banning the use of smartphones on the premises of the airport. According to a notification, passengers have been prohibited from using smartphones in all the “restricted areas” of the airport.
“It is to notify for all concerned that use of smartphones at all restricted areas, without prior permission of the COO/APM BKIAP, Peshawar, stands strictly prohibited in restricted areas which includes all lounges and apron areas,” read the notification.
“If anyone is found with the above type of phones in such areas, he/she shall be dealt accordingly which includes confiscation of the phone and AEP,” it warned.