Flying to the US with electronics just became a lot more inconvenient. Major airlines flying via countries in the Middle East and Africa will no longer allow electronics larger than a cellphone in a handbag. Passengers will be required to pack them with their checked luggage.
This step was taken by the US to avoid the risk of passenger planes being targeted by terrorist groups who might smuggle explosives in electronic devices.
Medical devices might be allowed on the plane after thorough screening.
Egyptair, Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways, Kuwait Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Turkish Airlines.
Preparing for flights to the US:
- Check with your airline to determine how the electronics ban will effect you and pack accordingly.
- If you have medical devices, let your airline know in advance so that they can be prepared to screen them and allow them on the plane with you.
- Estimate longer layovers because of additional screenings. Pack some dry and permissible snacks and perhaps some reading material to make long layovers less painful.
- Prepare to be searched thoroughly, exercise patience and cooperate with officials.
- If you absolutely must carry electronics in your handbag, book tickets with airline who are currently unaffected by the ban.
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