Travel Security – US bound flights to ban most electronic devices

Typical!! Just as I’m about to venture onto a 9 hr flight, with my only saving grace being the iPad’s my kids will have surgically attached to them…

The US has announced a ban on electronic devices from cabin baggage on flights from mainly Middle Eastern and North African countries. Officials said extremists were planning to bring down passenger jets with bombs. News about this begun to trickle out on 20th March but at the moment it only appears to affect some carriers flying from a dozen or so countries.

These fresh restrictions which do not have an end date affect laptops, tablets, cameras, DVD players, and game players. Large electronic devices will only be allowed on board in checked baggage. Phones are exempt from the new rules.

The impacted countries and airlines are (but expect this list to grow):

The airports affected are: The nine airlines are:
Queen Alia International, Amman, Jordan
Cairo International Airport, Egypt
Ataturk Airport, Istanbul, Turkey
King Abdulaziz International, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
King Khalid International, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Kuwait International Airport
Mohammed V International, Casablanca, Morocco
Hamad International, Doha, Qatar
Dubai International, United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi International, United Arab Emirates
Royal Jordanian
Egypt Air
Turkish Airlines
Saudi Arabian Airlines
Kuwait Airways
Royal Air Maroc
Qatar Airways
Emirates
Etihad Airways 

Update: The UK now plans to ban electronic devices for passengers flying to the UK from certain countries.

So for now calm has once again been restored to the Drury household phew…but I might still tell the kids they can’t just for a laugh!

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