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New ban on certain electronics in carryon luggage

Starting on Saturday, March 25, travelers arriving on nonstop flights to the USA from several Middle Eastern countries, will no longer be allowed to carry any electronic item larger than a smart phone in their carryon luggage.  This ban ONLY applies to NON STOP flights on a specific list of international carriers from 10 overseas airports.

The airports are as follows:

  • Queen Alia International, Amman, Jordan
  • Cairo International, Egypt
  • Ataturk International, Istanbul, Turkey
  • King Abdulaziz, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • King Khalid International, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Kuwait International, Farwaniya, Kuwait
  • Mohammed V International, Casablanca, Morocco
  • Doha International, Qatar
  • Dubai International, United Arab Emirates
  • Abu Dhabi International, United Arab Emirates

The carriers affected are these:

  • Royal Jordanian
  • EgyptAir
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Saudi Arabia Airlines
  • Kuwait Airways
  • Royal Air Maroc
  • Qatar Airways
  • Emirates Air
  • Etihad Airways
Items such as cameras, laptops, printers, video game consoles and tablets must be placed in checked luggage.  Standard size smart phones and medical devices are excluded from this new directive.  This new directive was based on intelligence that aviation continues to be a target for terrorism.  The government did not provide additional information nor was a timeline given for the length of this ban. The United Kingdom also initiated a similar ban although the list of carriers and countries is somewhat different.  Canada is also considering a similar ban on larger electronic devices. Currently, no U.S. based carriers have set new restrictions on large electronics as none of them have non-stop flights from the Middle East to the USA.  If you are traveling on one of the above carriers to or from an affected airport, you should consider backing up all of your information to the cloud, getting extra memory for your smart phone and be sure to carry your phone charger.  Think about leaving your expensive DSLR camera at home!  If you happen to be traveling with children, maybe bring some coloring books or even actual books rather than relying on electronics to keep them occupied on the long flight. Another option, at least for the immediate future, might be to try and change to a flight that connects someplace in Europe rather than taking a nonstop back to the USA.  This may well involve a change fee and/or fare difference but if you do need to carry a laptop, this might be a workable solution. For additional information, check www.tsa.gov, www.dhs.gov or click HERE.

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