It’s official: TSA issued an emergency security directive banning large electronic items from carry-on luggage on direct flights from certain Middle Eastern and African airports to the US. The new requirement blocks passengers from bringing devices such as laptops, tablets, e-readers and cameras on board.
According to the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) statement, “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.” The ban is “not airline- or country-specific, but airport-specific.”
The carry-on electronics ban affects only direct flights to the US from the 10 airports across 8 countries in the Middle East and North Africa. On these flights all electronic devices “larger than a cell phone/smart phone will not be allowed to be carried onboard the aircraft in carry-on luggage”. Cell phones and medical devices are not banned.
The restriction covers direct flights from the following airports:
- Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) – Amman, Jordan
- Cairo International Airport (CAI) – Cairo, Egypt
- Ataturk International Airport (IST) – Istanbul, Turkey
- King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (JED) – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
- King Khalid International Airport (RUH) – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- Kuwait International Airport (KWI)- Kuwait, Kuwait
- Mohammed V Airport (CMN) – Casablanca, Morocco
- Hamad International Airport (DOH) – Doha, Qatar
- Dubai International Airport (DXB) – Dubai, UAE
- Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) – Abu Dhabi, UAE
There are nine carriers that operate direct flights from the listed airports to the US: EgyptAir, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Kuwait Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Saudia and Turkish Airlines. The affected carriers are required to develop and implement the ban within 96 hours of the issuance of the directive.