A new ban on traveling internationally with electronics has been put into place. It’s important for all travelers to be up-to-date to avoid any mishaps at the airport.
Do these new requirements apply at all airports?
No. You will still be able to carry-on electronics on all domestic U.S. flights, all international flights departing from the U.S., and from many international airports. The new security measures only affect ten airports.
Which airports apply to the new restrictions?
These enhanced security measures apply to the following ten airports:
- Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) – Amman, Jordan
- Cairo International Airport (CAI) – Cairo, Egypt
- Ataturk International Airport (IST) – Istanbul, Turkey
- King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (JED) – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
- King Khalid International Airport (RUH) – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- Kuwait International Airport (KWI) – Kuwait, Kuwait
- Mohammed V Airport (CMN) – Casablanca, Morocco
- Hamad International Airport (DOH) – Doha, Qatar
- Dubai International Airport (DXB) – Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Who is affected by this new measure?
The new requirements apply to all travelers departing from the above-mentioned airports on all flights that go directly to the U.S.
What devices are banned from bringing on board?
Any electronic device larger than a cell phone will not be allowed in your carry-on items. This includes but is not limited to:
- Portable DVD players
- Electronic game units larger than a smartphone
- Travel printers/scanners
Are there any exceptions?
Necessary medical devices will be allowed on board, after being screened. Smart phones and cell phones will be allowed on all flights.
Where should I store my laptop or other device?
You will have to store any banned device in your checked-in luggage. Some airlines, such as Emirates, have introduced a laptop and tablet handling service, so you don’t have to worry about expensive items being damaged or stolen while in transit.
How long will these security measures last?
As of right now, the electronics ban is indefinite and a specific end date has not been officially announced. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) can change security measures at any time based on intelligence in order to keep travelers safe.
Where can I find more information?
Up-to-date travel and security information is on the TSA website and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) website.
- TSA: https://www.tsa.gov/
- DHS: https://www.dhs.gov/
- Fact Sheet: https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/03/21/fact-sheet-aviation-security-enhancements-select-last-point-departure-airports
Feel free to contact your Travel Consultant here at Esplanade for information as well.