The new personal device travel restrictions are already being implemented in South Africa.

Airlines boarding passengers last night with through tickets to destinations in the US and UK via affected airports, were told to pack their electronic devices, except cell phones, in their luggage.

Officials said passengers should expect delays and some confusion as airlines wrestled with implementing a system imposed at short notice.

South African airports have managed to dramatically reduce the rate of pilferage from baggage and we understand that the pilferage levels are now 40% below the global average measured by IATA.

As there is no regulation in place in SA, check-in staff cannot compel passengers on the leg out of South Africa to put electronic devices in the hold. They are warning passengers that, as they will not have access to their luggage in their transit hub, unless they stay overnight and recheck in their luggage, they must expect their electronic devices to be confiscated before departing on the final leg.

The affected services from South Africa are for US and UK-bound passengers to Istanbul, Cairo, Jeddah, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha.


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