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Aviation Security Enhancements for Commercial Flights to the US and UK

Evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation and are aggressively pursuing innovative methods to undertake their attacks, to include smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items. Based on this information, Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly and Transportation Security Administration Acting Administrator Huban Gowadia have determined it is necessary to enhance security procedures for passengers at certain last point of departure airports to the United States.

These enhancements apply to 10 specific airports. The affected overseas airports are: 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), and Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH).

The aviation security enhancements will include requiring that all personal electronic devices larger than a cell phone or smart phone be placed in checked baggage at 10 airports where flights are departing for the United States.

These enhancements apply to 10 specific airports. The affected overseas airports are: 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), and Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH).

The aviation security enhancements will include requiring that all personal electronic devices larger than a cell phone or smart phone be placed in checked baggage at 10 airports where flights are departing for the United States.

These enhanced security measures will only affect flights from 10 of the more than 250 airports that serve as last points of departure to the United States. A small percentage of flights to the United States will be affected, and the exact number of flights will vary on a day to day basis. Airlines will know in advance which flights are affected by these measures

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. Electronic devices that exceed this size limit must be secured in checked luggage. Necessary medical devices will be allowed to remain in a passenger’s possession after they are screened.

The approximate size of a commonly available smartphone is considered to be a guideline for passengers. Examples of large electronic devices that will not be allowed in the cabin on affected flights include, but are not limited to:

  • Laptops
  • Tablets
  • E-Readers
  • Cameras
  • Portable DVD players
  • Electronic game units larger than a smartphone
  • Travel printers/scanners

There is no impact on domestic flights in the United States or flights departing the United States. Electronic devices will continue to be allowed on all flights originating in the United States.

US Homeland Security Press Release Link

(21 March 2017)

 

Fact Sheet: Aviation Security Enhancements for Select Last Point

of Departure Airports with Commercial Flights to the United States

UK Department for Transport Press Release Link

 

Additional airline security measures on some routes travelling to the U.K.

Airline

 

Airline Code

Airport

Airline Code

 

Airline Specific Verbiage

 

What does this mean

for travellers?

Emirates

 

EK

 

Dubai International

Airport

 

DXB

 

 

Last updated: 21 March 2017, 15:14 Dubai (GMT+4)

Cabin luggage restrictions to the United States

 

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has issued a directive regarding electronic devices in cabin luggage on routes from Dubai.

 

As per the directive, except for medical devices, electronic devices which are larger than a cell phone/smart phone cannot be carried in the cabin of the aircraft. This would be effective on 25 March 2017. This is applicable to all US-bound passengers from Dubai International Airport, whether originating or transiting through. Emirates

requests that all passengers travelling to the US pack all electronic devices larger than a smart phone in their

checked-in baggage.

 

More details will be provided as they become available.

 

Anyone connecting onto Emirates (or other airline/codeshare) flights from Dubai to the USA must check in all electronic devices, larger than a cell/smart phone. This also applies if connecting via Dubai. Eg. Perth-Dubai - Houston - traveller must check in their laptop etc ex Perth.

 

 

 

 

Qatar Airways

 

QR

Hamad International

Airport

DOH

 

United States Travel - Electronic Devices

Effective 21 March 2017 in accordance with new United States government regulations, all passengers travelling on United States-bound flights are prohibited from carrying any electronic devices on board the flight larger than a cellular phone or smart phone, with the exception of medical devices needed during the flight, spare lithium batteries or power banks.  Qatar Airways has made special arrangements to assist passengers in securing their devices in the aircrafts' baggage hold. Prohibited devices, including laptops, tablets, DVD players and electronic games must be carried in checked luggage only.

 

For a fact sheet on the new regulations, please click here: https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/03/21/fact-sheet

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Updated on 21 March @ 12:13 GMT

 

 

 

Anyone flying Qatar Airways (or other airline/codeshare) from Doha to the USA must check in all electronic devices, larger than a cell/smart phone. This also applies if connecting via Doha. Eg. Perth - Doha - Houston - traveller must check in their laptop etc ex Perth.

 

Eithad Airways

EY

Abu Dhabi International Airport

AUH

 

USA flights electronic device ban

Following a directive from U.S. authorities affecting selected airports, Etihad Airways has been advised that guests travelling to the United States from Abu Dhabi International Airport are not permitted to carry electronic devices larger than a cell phone or smart phone in the cabin.

Mobile phones and medical devices are permitted but larger items such as laptops, tablets, cameras and ereaders will need to be placed into checked-in baggage.  For those guests bound for the U.S., this must be done at the point of origin which may not necessarily be at Abu Dhabi International Airport.  The new rules come into effect for those US-bound flights departing Abu Dhabi on 25th March.

Safety and security remain the highest priority for Etihad Airways and we will continue to assist passengers in complying with this directive. Further information will be available on our website at etihad.com.

 

 

Anyone flying Etihad Airways (or other airline/codeshare) from Abu Dhabi to the USA must check in all electronic devices, larger than a cell/smart phone. This also applies if connecting via Abu Dhabi. Eg. Singapore - Abu Dhabi - New York - traveller must check in their laptop etc ex Singapore.

 

Royal Jordanian

RJ

Queen Alia International Airport

AMM

No information currently displayed on the Royal Jordanian website: rj.com

 

Anyone flying Royal Jordanian (or other airline/codeshare) from Amman to the USA must check in all electronic devices, larger than a cell/smart phone. This also applies if connecting via Amman. Eg. Jakarta - Amman - New York - traveller must check in their laptop etc ex Jakarta.

 

Egypt Air

MS

Cairo International Airport

CAI

No information currently displayed on the Egypt Air website: egyptair.com

 

Anyone flying Egypt Air (or other

airline/codeshare) from Cairo to the USA must check in all electronic devices, larger than a cell/smart phone. This also applies if connecting via Cairo.

 

Turkish Airways

TK

Ataturk International Airport

IST

For our passengers flying to the USA

Due to the most recent declaration that we’ve received from the concerned authorities, as Turkish Airlines we kindly inform our passengers that any electronic or electirical devices larger than a cell phone or smart phone (except medical devices) must not be transported on board in our flights arriving to the US destinations. However, those passengers will be easily able to transport their mentioned devices in the baggage hold area of the aircraft.

 

Anyone flying Turkish Airlines (or other airline/codeshare) from Istanbul to the USA must check in all electronic devices, larger than a cell/smart phone. This also applies if connecting via Istanbul. Eg. Cape Town - Istanbul - Houston - traveller must check in their laptop etc ex Cape Town.

 

Other Airports Affected

King Abdul-Aziz International Airport

JED

 

The same baggage restrictions for laptops and other devices will generally apply to all flights departing from these airport to the USA and also affect any travellers who transit these airports to the USA.

Please refer to the applicable carrier for further information.

Airlines affected:

Saudi Arabian Airlines - SV

Kuwait Airways - KU

Royal Air Maroc - AT

King Khalid International Airport

RUH

Kuwait International Airport

KWI

Mohammed V

Airport

CMN

 

 

 

Airlines affected:

British Airways - BA

Easyjet - U2

 

Flights To the UK

 

Flights to the UK from the following countries will also have the same regulations regarding the carriage of laptops and other devices in cabin baggage:

 

Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia

This is with immediate effect. Please refer to the UK Department of Transport link at the top of this page.

 

Turkish Airways - TK

Pegasus Airways - PC

Middle East Airlines - ME

Egypt Air - MS

Royal Jordanian - RJ

Tunis Air - TU

Saudi Arabian Airlines – SV