22Mar/17

Flying to the U.S. and Britain from airports in the Middle East and North Africa just got a lot more complicated.

Phones, laptops and tablets larger than 16.0cm x 9.3cm x 1.5cm not allowed in the cabin on flights to the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Tunisia.

Under the new arrangements, phones, laptops and tablets larger than:

length: 16.0cm

width: 9.3cm

depth: 1.5cm

will not be allowed in the cabin on selected flights to the UK from the countries affected. Most smart phones fall within these limits and will continue to be allowed on board. However, devices larger than these dimensions may not be carried in the cabin. This is in addition to other existing security arrangements.

This will apply to inbound flights to the UK from the following locations:

Turkey

Lebanon

Egypt

Saudi Arabia

Jordan

Tunisia

Which airports are involved?

 The U.S. ban covers 10 airports, including major global hubs such as Dubai.

The full list:

Cairo, Egypt; Dubai and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Istanbul, Turkey; Doha, Qatar; Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City; Casablanca, Morocco; and Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The U.K. list is shorter. It covers all inbound flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia but omits airports such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha.

Which airlines are affected?

The nine airlines that operate direct flights to the U.S. from affected airports are Egyptair, Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways, Kuwait Airways, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Turkish Airlines.

U.S. airlines are not affected because none of them fly from the airports in question to the U.S.  Passengers will still be allowed to take electronic devices onto flights departing from the U.S.

The U.K. restrictions apply to 14 airlines:

British Airways, EasyJet, Jet2.com, Monarch, Thomas Cook, Thomson, Turkish Airlines, Pegasus Airways, Atlas-Global Airlines, Middle East Airlines, Egyptair, Royal Jordanian, Tunis Air and Saudia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Which devices are banned?

Smartphones will still be allowed. But passengers will have to check in any electronic devices bigger than that. That includes laptops, cameras, gaming devices and tablets such as iPads.

Medical devices required during the flight will still be allowed in the cabin after security screening.

 When will it take effect?

The U.S. government officially notified the airlines at 3 a.m. ET Tuesday. They have 96 hours to fully comply.

Sure Maritime Travel will no longer be able to check passengers in for the affected airlines, passengers must be personally responsible for acknowledging that they are not carrying restricted equipment.

We will continue to advise should additional countries or airlines take up the restriction ban.

 



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