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New Rules for In-Flight Tech

The UK and US governments are now banning certain electronic items in hand luggage on flights from various countries in and around the middle east. Make sure your employees are aware of the changes to avoid having their tech confiscated at airport security, potentially a disaster for business travellers.

Which airports are affected?
As of April 2017 the following countries and airports are included in the ban.

The US ban affects flights from these airports:
  • Cairo (Egypt)
  • Istanbul (Turkey)
  • Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
  • Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)
  • Kuwait (Kuwait) Doha (Qatar)
  • Casablanca (Morocco)
  • Amman (Jordan)
  • Riyadh (Saudi Arabia)
  • Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)

The UK ban affects all flights from:

  • Turkey
  • Lebanon
  • Jordan
  • Egypt
  • Tunisia
  • Saudi Arabia

So which of my gadgets now need to go in the hold?
UK flight ban - any electronic device larger than 16cm x 9.3cm x 1.5cm is now prohibited in cabin luggage. The good news is that most mobiles and smartphones will not be affected. For example an iPhone7 plus or a Samsung Galaxy S7 will still be permitted in hand luggage.

US flight ban - the following devices are now listed as prohibited by The US Department of Homeland Security, however you should note they have said that the list is not exhaustive:

Laptops, Tablets, E-readers & Portable DVD playersCameras, Travel printers and scannersGames consoles larger than a smartphone

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