US And UK Electronics Ban: Am I Affected?

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US And UK Electronics Ban: Am I Affected?

On the 21 March the US Department of Homeland Security declared a ban on all electronic devices larger than a smartphone as carry-on luggage on flights to the US from certain…

The post US And UK Electronics Ban: Am I Affected? appeared first on Travelstart Blog .On the 21 March the US Department of Homeland Security declared a ban on all electronic devices larger than a smartphone as carry-on luggage on flights to the US from certain hubs in the Middle East and North Africa. The UK quickly followed with similar restrictions. In the following article Travelstart seeks to answer all your travel queries arising from these unusual travel restrictions.

US Electronics Restrictions

If I am flying to the the US will I be affected?

If you are flying directly from SA to the US with no layovers these restrictions will not apply. Carriers such as SAA, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines are not affected .

Six airlines operating indirect services to the US out of SA use hubs included in the ban- the airlines and hubs affected are Emirates (DXB), Turkish Airlines (IST), Etihad (AUH), Qatar (DOH), EgyptAir (CAI) and Saudia (JED).

If you have a flight booked to the US and you’re travelling on Emirates, Qatar, Etihad, Turkish Airlines, Saudia Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian and EgyptAir you will need to observe the restrictions.

What can I take as carry-on luggage?

Smartphones, cellphones, spare batteries, medical devices, and power banks.

What can’t I take on as carry-on luggage?

·         Laptops

·         Tablets

·         E-Readers

·         Cameras

·         Portable DVD players

·         Electronic game units larger than a smartphone

·         Travel printers/scanners

Important to note:

Remember that your cell phone and permitted electronic devices must be charged on arrival in the US.

If I am returning from my holiday in the US will I be affected?

No, there are no restrictions on larger electronics leaving the US as carry-on luggage.

What if I am travelling within the US?

You will not be affected, there are no restrictions on domestic airlines within the US.

Check your ticket, if you are flying through the following 10 airports you will need to comply with the ban:

·         Queen Alia International Airport (AMM)

·         Cairo International Airport (CAI)

·         Ataturk International Airport (IST)

·         King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (JED)

·         King Khalid International Airport (RUH)

·         Kuwait International Airport (KWI)

·         Mohammed V Airport (CMN)

·         Hamad International Airport (DOH)

·         Dubai International Airport (DXB)

·         Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH)

UK Electronic Restrictions

The UK followed with its own ban on devices larger than 16cm x 9,3cm x 1,5cm on flights from Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and other countries that do not have services to SA namely Tunisia and Lebanon.

The UK has not included flights from Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha in the ban.

Am I affected if I am flying to the UK from SA?

Yes, you will be affected if you are flying to the UK via Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia with the exception of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha.

The carriers listed below are affected by the ban:

Image courtesy of CNN

Airports affected by the UK Ban:

·        Mohammed V International, Casablanca, Morocco

·       Ataturk Airport, Istanbul, Turkey

·       Cairo International Airport, Egypt

·       Queen Alia International, Amman, Jordan

·       King Abdulaziz International, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

·       King Khalid International, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

·       Kuwait International Airport

·       Hamad International, Doha, Qatar

·       Abu Dhabi International, United Arab Emirates

·       Dubai International, United Arab Emirates

What you can do to protect your baggage:

Have your bag wrapped, particularly if you’re going through OR Tambo International Airport.

Make sure your electronics are insured before departure.

Revise your travel insurance policy.

Cushion your electronics to prevent damage.

What is the reasoning behind the ban?

Officials say this is not a power play by the Trump Administration. According to the CNN an “aviation official informed CNN that he was told firsthand by an intelligence official that this electronics ban was not a ‘political move’”. The ban has been enacted due to rising security concerns.

Security experts both agree and disagree with the ban- proponents of the ban say that an explosive in the hold is much more difficult to detonate remotely. Opponents say this ban singles out specific airlines and countries unfairly, is xenophobic and is unlikely to make flying safer as it is technically equally possible to use a smartphone as a weapon as it is to use a larger electronic device such as a laptop.

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