Electronics Ban Revoked on US flights

Travel News 26 Jul 2017

Many business travellers were affected earlier this year when an electronics ban was placed on several airlines flying into the United States.

The good news is that the United States (US) has recently lifted the in-cabin ban on laptops and other large electronic devices on U.S.-bound flights from the Middle-East and North Africa across the following airlines:

  • Etihad Airways from Abu Dhabi
  • Emirates from Dubai
  • Turkish Airlines from Istanbul
  • Qatar Airways from Doha
  • Royal Jordanian from Amman
  • Kuwait Airways from Kuwait City
  • Egypt Air
  • Saudi Arabian Airlines

This means that all passengers can now carry laptops, tablets and other electronic devices onto the aircraft, subject to enhanced security measures. However, airlines have warned travellers to arrive at least 3 hours before departure as the tighter security measures have been implemented.

It should be noted that the United Kingdom has not yet followed suit in lifting any electronics bans. This means that if you’re flying on a direct flight from the following six countries to any port in UK, you won’t be able to take your laptop on-board:

  • Egypt
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey

Please speak to your travel manager today for more information