The US and UK announced this week that they will no longer accept electronic devices larger than a smart phone on inbound flights coming from certain countries/airlines in the Middle East and Africa. According the the DHS website, “Electronic devices larger than a cell phone/smart phone will not be allowed to be carried onboard the aircraft in carry-on luggage or other accessible property.” Medical devices will still be allowed after they are screened through security.
Unlike the US, the UK has offered specific parameters to include nothing bigger than
- 16cm (6.3ins) long
- 9.3cm (3.6ins) wide
- 1.5cm (0.6ins) deep
There is also talks of the Canadian Transportation Agency considering a similar policy.
Airports Affected for Inbound US Flights
- Queen Alia International Airport (AMM)
- Cairo International Airport (CAI)
- Ataturk International Airport (IST)
- King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (JED)
- King Khalid International Airport (RUH)
- Kuwait International Airport (KWI)
- Mohammed V Airport (CMN)
- Hamad International Airport (DOH)
- Dubai International Airport (DXB)
- Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH)
Examples of banned devices:
- Portable DVD players
- Electronic game units larger than a smartphone
- Travel printers/scanners
Passengers using mentioned electronic devices must secure in checked luggage.
There is no impact on domestic flights or flights departing the United States.
Will this new Electronics Ban have any impact on future travel plans?