Last Tuesday, the US government began notifying nine airlines from the Middle East and North Africa that personal electronics larger than cellphones will be banned indefinitely in the cabin on any non-stop flight heading towards the United States. The decision came as a greater security measure.

The nine airlines affected by the new ban are:

  • Royal Jordanian
  • EgyptAir
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Saudi Arabian Airlines
  • Kuwait Airways
  • Royal Air Maroc
  • Qatar Airways
  • Emirates
  • Etihad Airways

The ban does not affect US airlines because none fly directly from airports in the eight countries involved (Turkey, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Morocco, Qatar, and United Arab Emirates).

Following the US ban, the UK also released a similar ban on direct flights to Britain from all airports in six countries (Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia). The following airlines were among those affected by this UK ban:

  • British Airways
  • EasyJet

The affected airlines have already started implementing the new rules. This will affect clients who are returning from Saudi Arabia to the US or the UK.

The ban does not apply to cellphones or medical devices. Passengers who wish to carry any other electronic items (such as laptops, tablets, e-readers, portable DVD Players) can do so by placing them in their checked baggage. A small nuance is that portable power banks cannot be carried at all – in either hand or hold luggage. However, please do confirm with your airline regarding the latest rules and regulations before flying.


Source: BBC / UK – US Government

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