The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) just announced electronic devices, outside of your cell phone, are banned from your carry-on luggage on a numberof very specific flights. Media outlets are reporting the new regulations were laid out in an email sent to airlines today by TSA.
We are just hearing at the time this story posts that the United Kingdom is joining the United States and adopting the same policy. Here’s what we’ve heard thus far and please be advised that things can change rapidly in this environment.
The rule applies to 10 specific airports and they are:
- Queen Alia International, Amman, Jordan
- Cairo International Airport, Egypt
- Ataturk Airport, Istanbul, Turkey
- King Abdulaziz International, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
- King Khalid International, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- Kuwait International Airport
- Mohammed V International, Casablanca, Morocco
- Hamad International, Doha, Qatar
- Dubai International, United Arab Emirates (One of the world’s busiest airports)
- Abu Dhabi International, United Arab Emirates
As some of you know, some of our travelers are going on the West African Cultural Trip from July 20th – August 3rd. This trip will depart from New York and land in Morocco. This trip may be affected by the new regulations. Even after having contacted the airlines today, they are still unclear of if their flights that are leaving the US are subject to the ban.
Here’s what’s ban:
List of Devices
- Portable DVD players
- Electronic game units larger than a smartphone
- Travel printers/scanners
It is not clear if the size of the device could cause problems with interpretation. So larger phones such as the iPhone 7 Plus could be in that category, but at the moment that is not known.
What does this all mean?
Although the department gave a list of examples, these are simply examples. They could include other items based on their discretion. However, they say that those who are traveling with “necessary medical devices” will be allowed on board flights – after a security check.
For travel to and in some cases through these airports, in order to carry your electronics, you must include your items in your checked luggage. We are not too fond of placing valuable electronic devices in your checked luggage due to the increase risk of theft.
Just think about it: The government just announced to the world that American travelers in and through these specific airports will have all of their valuable electronic devices packed in their suitcases that must be checked. How does that sound to you?
It’s also important to know that this electronics ban is indefinite.