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United States: Electronic devices banned from carry-on luggage on flights from ten MENA airports /update 1

Ban on all electronic devices larger than a smartphone from ten airports located in eight Middle Eastern and North African countries from March 24

03 Jul 01:29 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 3/24/2017, 12:00 AM until 4/7/2017, 11:59 PM (America/New_York). COUNTRY/REGION United States


The US administration has announced that passengers flying directly to the United States from ten Middle Eastern and North African airports will be banned from transporting any electronic devices larger than a “normal sized” smartphone (16 cm x 9.3 cm x 1.5 cm / 6.3 in x 3.5 in x 0.6 in) in carry-on luggage. This includes laptops, tablets, e-readers, cameras, DVD players, and video games, which will soon have to be transported in checked luggage. This measure will officially take effect on Friday, March 24, and remain in place until further notice; however, airlines may choose to implement the ban ahead of the March 24 deadline. The ten affected airports are:

  • Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) in Amman, Jordan
  • Cairo International Airport (CAI) in Egypt
  • Atatürk International Airport (IST) in Istanbul, Turkey
  • King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • King Khalid International Airport (RUH) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Kuwait International Airport (KWI)
  • Mohammed V International Airport (CMN) in Casablanca, Morocco
  • Hamad International Airport (DOH) in Doha, Qatar
  • Dubai International Airport (DXB) in the United Arab Emirates
  • Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) in the United Arab Emirates


Affected travelers are advised to abide by these new regulations and to contact their airline for more information.


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