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UK and US ban large portable electronic devices from carry-on luggage on flights from the Middle East and Africa.

UK and US ban large portable electronic devices from carry-on luggage on flights from the Middle East and Africa.

Important information for business travellers flying to the UK and US from Middle Eastern and African hubs. (Including flights that connect via these destinations)

The UK and US have banned large portable electronic devices from carry-on luggage on flights from Middle Eastern and African countries. The restrictions will cover all electronic devices larger than 6.3inches (16cm) long, 3.6 inches (9.3cm) wide and 0.6 inches (1.5cms) deep. The ban will effect certain phone types, tablets, laptops, handheld games consoles, e-readers such as Kindles and portable DVD players. The size restriction on mobile phones will include some very large phones such as the iPhone 7 plus.

UK Regulations

The ban on flights into the UK is for flights departing or transiting via any of the countries below with immediate effect (these are currently different to the US and do not include UAE, Qatar, Kuwait or Morocco)

Originating Countries Impacted:

Egypt

Tunisia

Jordan

Lebanon

Saudi Arabia

Turkey

More information

UK’s Statement from Parliament

BBC Article on flight ban

US Regulations

The Ban on flights into the USA is for flights departing or transiting via any of the airports below:

Airports Impacted

Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) – Jordan

Cairo International Airport (CAI) – Egypt

Ataturk International Airport (IST) – Turkey

King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (JED) – Saudi Arabia

King Khalid International Airport (RUH) – Saudi Arabia

Kuwait International Airport (KWI) – Kuwait

Mohammed V Airport (CMN) – Morocco

Hamad International Airport (DOH) – Qatar

Dubai International Airport (DXB) – UAE

Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) – UAE

More Information:

Department of Homeland Security Fact Sheet

Department of Homeland Security Q&A

CTM would like to advise business travellers flying to the UK or US via Middle Eastern and African hubs, to check baggage regulations with their airlines before travel, as cargo hold luggage may be inaccessible until they reach their final destination.

If you have any questions please contact your CTM Travel Team.