ICYMI: What you should know about the #electronicsban

The U.S. announced new measures to ban large electronic devices on airplanes bound for the United States from airports in eight predominately Middle Eastern nations. 

The new measures come after the U.S. says it's responding to intelligence saying that al-Qaeda is plotting potential terrorist attacks using electronic devices.

What does that mean? Passengers on U.S.-bound flights will not be permitted to carry an electronic device larger than a cell phone on board. Laptops, iPads and many electronic devices will have to be checked. The ban does not include cell phones and medical devices.

Airports included in the ban are:
United Arab Emirates: Dubai Airport, Abu Dhabi Airport
Jordan: Queen Alia Airport
Egypt: Cairo Airport
Turkey: Istanbul Ataturk Airport
Saudi Arabia: King Khalid International Airport, King Abdulaziz Airport
Kuwait: Kuwait International Airport
Morocco: Mohammed V International Airport
Qatar: Doha Airport

In a press release the Department of Homeland Security said the measures were enacted in response to a 2015 plane crash in Egypt, the attempted downing of a jet in Somalia, as well as terrorist attacks at airports in Brussels and Istanbul. None of the attacks on the airplanes or airports took place on U.S.-bound aircraft.


Will I be able to carry my laptop or iPad on the flight?
No. All electronics larger than a cellphone will have to be placed in your checked baggage prior to flying. 

Are U.S. carriers impacted?

What carriers are affected?
Royal Jordanian, Emirates, Etihad, Royal Air Maroc, Egypt Air, Turkish, Qatar, Kuwait Airways, and Saudi Arabian. 

Should I insure my valuables before traveling?
Probably. Baggage carriers are notoriously known for being – less than gentle – with luggage. 

The Trump administration hasn't set a timeline for how long the ban will be in place – or if other countries could be added to the list.