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Electronics devices permitted on US flights

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The electronics ban implemented earlier in the year has been lifted for flights from a number of Middle Eastern destinations to the US on four carriers.

The change of policy means that travellers flying with Etihad (EY), Emirates (EK), Qatar and Turkish Airlines from Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Doha, can take their mobile devices onboard the cabin when they are headed to the USA. 

UK Electronics Ban

The electronics ban is still in place for customers travelling on direct services to the UK from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Turkey.

What electronic devices are banned?

People on these flights will not be permitted to carry most electronic items that are larger than a smartphone in the cabin with them.  These items must be placed in your checked luggage. The devices include:

  • Tablets / iPads / Kindles / e readers – larger than 16cm x 9.3cm
  • Laptops - larger than 16cm x 9.3cm
  • Cameras and lenses – please check with the airline directly regarding specifications
  • Portable DVD players - larger than 16cm x 9.3cm
  • Electronic game devices - larger than 16cm x 9.3cm
  • Travel printers and scanners - larger than 16cm x 9.3cm

Customers travelling to the UK from those countries can still carry their smartphones and mobile/cell phones on board with them.  They must ensure that these have enough battery power to be turned on and checked at airport security.

What airlines are affected by this ban?

Any carrier that flies directly between any port in the countries listed above and any UK port. 

  • Customers will only be affected if their service between the named ports is direct.
  • At this time, the rulings do not apply to flights in reverse - from the USA or UK to these ports.
  •  This ban is currently open-ended

Will my electronics be safe in the hold of the aircraft?

Customers are advised to pack their electronics securely and separately in their check-in luggage and ensure that they are in secure cases or protected from movement or knocks. 

Please contact your Campus Travel team for more information.



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