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March 21, 2017

US and UK ban electronic devices in carry-on luggage onboard aircraft

The US Government has banned passengers from carrying electronic devices in their cabin baggage on certain airlines coming from countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

By Lopamudra Roy

The US Government has banned passengers from carrying electronic devices in their cabin baggage on certain airlines coming from countries in the Middle East and North Africa.

The latest move is based on evaluated intelligence that shows terrorist groups usually target commercial aviation and are attempting to find new ways to smuggle explosive devices in various consumer items.

DHS Secretary John Kelly and Transportation Security Administrator Acting Administrator Huban Gowadia aim to enhance passenger security at ten of more than 250 airports that serve as last points of departure to the US.

The ten overseas airports are Ataturk International Airport (IST), Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH), Cairo International Airport (CAI), Dubai International Airport (DXB), King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (JED), King Khalid International Airport (RUH), Kuwait International Airport (KWI), Queen Alia International Airport (AMM), Mohammed V Airport (CMN) and Hamad International Airport (DOH).

"Passengers carrying necessary medical devices will be allowed take them onboard after the devices are screened."

Under the new rule, electronic devices larger than a cell phone or a smartphone cannot be carried in the traveller’s carry-on luggage or other accessible property onboard the aircraft.

The large electronic devices include cameras, electronic game units larger than a smartphone, e-readers, laptops, tablets, travel printers or scanners, and portable DVD players.

However, passengers carrying necessary medical devices will be allowed take them onboard after the devices are screened.

Domestic flights in the US or all flights originating in the US will continue to be allowed to carry electronic devices onboard.

Separately, the UK Government has announced a ban on carrying large phones, laptops and tablets in the cabin on flights travelling to the UK from Lebanon, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and Tunisia.

Passengers travelling to the UK from these countries will be prohibited from placing electronic gadgets that are larger than 16cm in length, 9.3cm wide and 1.5cm in depth in their carry-on baggage.

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