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March 21, 2017
Electronics Banned Aboard US-Bound Flights from the MENA Region Starting March 21
Travelers headed to the U.S. from eight MENA countries have been prohibited to carry electronic devices larger than a cellphone during their flight. Forbidden devices include laptops, cameras, e-readers, tablets, video games and DVD players and must be packed in checked luggage. Cellphones and medical devices are exempt. 

According to U.S. officials, the ban is a response to ongoing risks of extremists trying to smuggle explosives aboard aircraft using electronic devices. 

How will you be affected?

The airports affected by this new regulation are the following: 

1. Cairo International Airport (CAI) - Egypt
2. Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) - Jordan
3. Kuwait International Airport (KWI) - Kuwait
4. Mohammed V Airport (CMN) - Morocco
5. Hamad International Airport (DOH) - Qatar
6. King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (JED) - Saudi Arabia
7. King Khalid International Airport (RUH) - Saudi Arabia
8. Ataturk International Airport (IST) - Turkey
9. Dubai International Airport (DXB) - United Arab Emirates
10. Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) - United Arab Emirates

The ban impacts foreign airlines and does not affect American-operated carriers. The ban will affect about 50 flights a day from the following airline carriers:

1. Royal Jordanian
2. Egypt Air
3. Turkish Airlines
4. Saudi Arabian Airlines
5. Kuwait Airways
6. Royal Air Maroc
7. Qatar Airways
8. Emirates
9. Etihad Airways

The policy was announced on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 at 3:00 a.m. EST and must be strictly implemented by these airlines and airports within 96 hours. The Trump administration advised that there is no end date to this ban and that its implementation and effectiveness will be closely monitored. 


Call your airlines for instructions about traveling with electronic devices on US-bound flights. 

Plan to arrive at the airport earlier than usual as there may be delays due to tighter security screening.

To avoid the risk of data theft, make sure to store sensitive data on external storage devices. 

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