Electronic Devices 'Banned' on Flights to United States from 13 Countries
Mar 22 2017 by Bridget Leonard
Cellphones and medical devices are OK, but everything else has to go into your checked luggage - which mostly defeats the objective of all these devices to entertain you during a long worldwide flight. Although concerns about this possibility had existed since 2014, it wasn't believed that terrorists had been able to develop these devices beyond initial planning - until recently.
Laptops, tablets and other electronic devices are suddenly not allowed onboard flights headed to the USA and the United Kingdom from 10 airports in 8 Muslim-majority countries overseas.
The department said airlines would have 96 hours to comply with the new rules and the ban would remain in place until "the threat changes".
Foreign airlines affected by the carry-on restriction include Turkish Airlines, EgyptAir, Royal Jordanian Airlines, Saudia, Tunis Air, Pegasus Airways, Atlas-Global Airlines and Middle East Airlines. They will have to check their laptops, tablets, DVD players, cameras, even portable gaming units.
Senior U.S. administration officials said Monday evening that nine foreign air carriers would have until Saturday morning to implement the new rule or risk losing their license to operate in the United States. The carriers could have their certificates to fly to the USA revoked if they do not comply. Sadly, the device is no longer welcome in a plane's cabin if you plan on coming to the US on foreign carriers from eight majority-Muslim countries.
While the US ban will not affect the country's carriers, the restriction by the United Kingdom government will affect domestic operators like British Airways.
Phones, laptops and tablets larger than 16.0cm x 9.3cm x 1.5cm are not allowed in the cabin on flights to Britain from the six countries.
The Trump administration issued travel restrictions Tuesday in response to new intelligence indicating terrorist groups have "intensified" efforts to attack the aviation sector.
At present, the Australia Government has not said whether similar restrictions will be introduced, however Australians will affected if they are travelling to either the US or United Kingdom from one of the nominated countries or airlines.