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US and UK ban devices on flights from the Middle East and Africa

Travel Alert US and UK banImportant information for Australian and New Zealand business travellers flying to the US and UK via Middle Eastern and African hubs.

The US and UK have banned portable devices larger than 16cm x 9.3cm such as laptops, tablets, and eBook readers, from carry-on luggage on flights from Middle Eastern and African countries. Authorities have advised that mobile phones are permitted, however, medical equipment will need to be cleared by the carrier before boarding the flight.

US regulations:

The ban will affect passengers flying to the US from 10 airports across the Middle East and Africa. Officials have announced that airlines have until Friday 24 March to implement the ban.

  • Cairo, Egypt (CAI)
  • Istanbul, Turkey (IST)
  • Kuwait City, Kuwait (KWI)
  • Doha, Qatar (DOH)
  • Casablanca, Morocco (CAS)
  • Amman, Jordan (AMM)
  • Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (RUH)
  • Jeddah, Saudi Arabia (JED)
  • Dubai, UAE (DXB)
  • Abu Dhabi, UAE (AUH)

 

UK regulations:

The ban affects direct inbound flights from six countries across the Middle East and Africa. Officials have announced that the ban is effective immediately.

  • Turkey
  • Lebanon
  • Jordan
  • Egypt
  • Tunisia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Passengers flying from Australia to the UK via DBX, AUH and DOH are NOT affected as UAE and Qatar are exempt from the UK ban

 

CTM recommends Australia and New Zealand business travellers flying to the US or UK via Middle Eastern and African hubs, to check baggage regulations with their airlines before travel, as cargo hold luggage may be inaccessible until their final destination.

Passengers travelling on ‘seat only’ fares should check with the airlines for further information around their specific policy.

For more information please contact your dedicated CTM consultant.

 

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