If you are traveling home to the US or UK, this announcement will make you cry! In recent announcements, both the UK & the US issued bans on popular electronics as carry ons on direct flights to the UK or US.
If you are on a direct flight to the UK or US from (or in transit through):
Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia or Saudi Arabia through the following airports: 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)
on these airlines:
Egypt Air, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Kuwait Airways, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Saudia Airlines, and Turkish Airlines
You will have to CHECK the following electronic devices larger than 16cm in length, 9.3cm width and 1.5cm in depth.
March 20, 2017, the US introduced the ban, stating that only medical devices and mobile phones will be allowed on board as carry-on items, while laptops, tablets, cameras, DVD players and electronic games will have to be checked in.
“The new travel rule was reportedly issued by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in the form of a confidential email, or circular, on Monday and distributed to nine airlines serving 10 foreign airports in eight countries. Recipients of the missive are said to have been given 96 hours to comply.” Source:
What to do?
Plan ahead. I’m not sure I would want to check my laptop or camera on the return flight home. This ban takes effect this week on various airlines.
Reroute your return flight. Work with the ticketing airline. It will mean change fees/increase of fares — possibly. If you have valuable cameras, laptops, etc that simply cannot be checked (and probably stolen…) the best route is a new route.
If you are flying through any of those countries:
Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia or Saudi Arabia
Contact your airline for the latest rules regarding this, as these bans may not have an expiration.