New U.S. Electronics Travel Ban

On 20 March 2017, U.S. officials announced a ban on carrying most electronic equipment in carry-on luggage on direct U.S.-bound flights from 10 airports. The airports in question are those in Amman, Jordan (OJAI/AMM); Kuwait City, Kuwait (OKBK/KWI); Cairo, Egypt (HECA/CAI); Istanbul, Turkey (LTBA/IST); Jeddah (OEJN/JED) and Riyadh (OERK/RUH), Saudi Arabia; Casablanca, Morocco (GMMN/CMN); Doha, Qatar (OTHH/DOH); and Dubai (OMDB/DXB) and Abu Dhabi (OMAA/AUH), UAE. The ban applies to electronic devices other than cellular phones and medical equipment; devices such as laptops and iPads must be stored in checked luggage. The ban reportedly went into effect on 21 March. U.S. authorities stated that they imposed the ban due to intelligence regarding threats of terrorist attacks on aircraft; no further details are available regarding the intelligence that prompted the decision. - This affects commercial flights only


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