Electronics ban on US & UK flights

Electronics ban on US & UK flights

The UK and US ban large electronic devices on certain flights. Carrying any electrical devices larger than a mobile phone on US and UK-inbound flights from, mainly Muslim, Middle Eastern and Northern African countries, is not allowed. “Mobile phones are allowed on the aircraft, but laptops, cables and power leads aren't.

Gulf airlines Qatar, Emirates and Etihad as well as Turkish Airlines could be the worst hit by the ban as they rely on transfer passengers who could need access to devices during the stopover.

US government points to a “changed threat environment” as rationale, but indicates that there is no specific or credible threat of an imminent attack. The ban does not apply to US airlines because there are no nonstop flights from those airports to the U.S.

Airports affected by the ban:

  • Hamad International Airport, Doha, Qatar
  • Dubai International Airport, UAE
  • Abu Dhabi International Airport, UAE
  • Ataturk International Airport, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Queen Alia International Airport, Amman, Jordan
  • Cairo International Airport, Egypt
  • King Abdul Aziz International Airport, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • King Khalid International Airport, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Mohammed V Airport, Casablanca, Morocco
  • Kuwait International Airport, Kuwait