Electronics Ban | United States and United Kingdom
Today (21 March 2017) both the U. S. Department of Homeland Security and the British Government have implemented safety restrictions on electronic items.
The U. S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a security note that restricts a number of items (see below) from being carried in airplane cabins on flights to the United States from 10 international airports (see below). Medical devices required during the flight will still be allowed in the cabin after security screening.
- Laptop computers
- Travel Printers
- Gaming Devices
- Mohammed V International, Casablanca, Morocco
- Ataturk Airport, Istanbul, Turkey
- Cairo International Airport, Egypt
- Queen Alia International, Amman, Jordan
- King Abdulaziz International, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
- King Khalid International, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- Kuwait International Airport
- Hamad International, Doha, Qatar
- Abu Dhabi International, United Arab Emirates
- Dubai International, United Arab Emirates
Airlines operating direct flights from restricted airports to the United States:
- Emirates Airline
- Etihad Airways
- Kuwait Airways
- Qatar Airways
- Royal Air Maroc
- Royal Jordanian Airlines
- Saudi Arabian Airlines
- Turkish Airlines
This applies only to flights on foreign carriers and not American-operated airlines.
This policy took affect Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at 3:00 a.m. EDT and must be followed within 96 hours by airlines.
The UK has announced a cabin baggage ban on electronic items on passenger flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.
- DVD players
- Phones over a certain size
The ban applies to any device, including mobiles and smart phones, larger than 16cm long, 9.3cm wide or 1.5cm deep.
The six affected UK carriers are:
- British Airways
- Thomas Cook
The eight overseas airlines subject to the ban are:
- Turkish Airlines
- Pegasus Airways
- Atlas-Global Airlines
- Middle East Airlines
- Royal Jordanian,
- Tunis Air
Any affected device will need to be placed into hold luggage and checked in before passengers go through airport security.