TSA Bans Most Electronics on Certain Flights to USA

Unknown.jpegThe Transportation Safety Administration. last week,  stated that certain electronics will NOT be allowed on board airplanes in carry-on luggage and must be checked on direct flights from certain airports to the US.

Specifically, the following airports are included in the TSA rule:

These enhancements apply to 10 specific airports. The affected overseas airports are: Queen Alia International Airport (AMM), Cairo International Airport (CAI), Ataturk International Airport (IST), King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (JED), King Khalid International Airport (RUH), Kuwait International Airport (KWI), Mohammed V Airport (CMN), Hamad International Airport (DOH), Dubai International Airport (DXB), and Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH).

The following is the TSA description of what is not allowed:

Electronic devices larger than a cell phone/smart phone will not be allowed to be carried onboard the aircraft in carry-on luggage or other accessible property. Electronic devices that exceed this size limit must be secured in checked luggage. Necessary medical devices will be allowed to remain in a passenger’s possession after they are screened.

The approximate size of a commonly available smartphone is considered to be a guideline for passengers. Examples of large electronic devices that will not be allowed in the cabin on affected flights include, but are not limited to:

  • Laptops
  • Tablets
  • E-Readers
  • Cameras
  • Portable DVD players
  • Electronic game units larger than a smartphone
  • Travel printers/scanners

It should be noted that Great Britain has also passed a similar law.  Direct Flights from Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia are affected by the Great Britain ban.  In addition, they define the electronics ban as including any electronics bigger than 6.3×3.6x.6.

We will update you if we receive any additional information about the electronics ban.  Please remember, as always, this blog does not offer legal advice. If you need legal advice, consult with a lawyer instead of a blog. Thank you.