On March 21, 2017 the Trump administration announced new restrictive policies on bringing electronic devices to the United States in carry-on luggage. This carry-on electronics ban is the newest ban imposed on travelers from specific Muslim-majority nations. The UK has also followed suit and we are expecting other countries to adopt a similar policy based on intelligence around possible terror attacks using carry-on luggage packed with electronics.
Who is affected?
Travelers flying direct from Royal Jordanian, EgyptAir, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Emirates and Etihad Airways from the following countries are affected:
- Saudi Arabia
Which airports are affected?
The carry-on electronics ban applies specifically to the following airports only:
- Mohammed V International, Casablanca, Morocco
- Cairo International Airport, Egypt
- Queen Alia International, Amman, Jordan
- Ataturk Airport, Istanbul, Turkey
- King Abdulaziz International, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
- King Khalid International, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- Hamad International, Doha, Qatar
- Abu Dhabi International, United Arab Emirates
- Dubai International, United Arab Emirates
- Kuwait International Airport
So if you are planning to depart directly from these airports to the US (even if it is just a connection) you will need to make different arrangements for your larger electronics by putting them into your checked luggage or leaving them at home.
What kinds of electronics are restricted?
The ban basically applies to anything other than a mobile phone. This means that laptops, tablets, e-readers, portable DVD players and pretty much anything else electronic will not be allowed in carry-on luggage on flights from the above 9 airlines and locations. The following are the guidelines for sizes of devices that are prohibited in carry-on:
When is the ban in place?
The ban is officially in place in the US as of March 25, 2017 until at least October 14, 2017.
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