Travel restrictions when travelling with electronics

If you’re heading overseas, you need to be aware of these new travel restrictions.

Travel restrictions when travelling with electronics

Travelling with your electronic devices just became more difficult if you’re flying to the UK or the USA via these six Middle Eastern countries.

Passengers on flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia, will not be able to take any electronic device larger than a smartphone on board. This means that laptops, tablet devices and larger cameras will need to be placed in the hold.

Passengers have voiced concern that this will lead to their devices being damaged or stolen but UK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said in a statement to parliament, “We understand the frustration that these measures may cause and we are working with the aviation industry to minimise any impact. Our top priority will always be to maintain the safety of British nationals.”

The ban will only affect those flying direct from these countries to the UK. However, if passengers transit through Europe, they will not be subject to the ban. Other European countries could soon follow suit.

The USA on Monday went further than the UK, banning electronic devices from eight countries (10 airports):

  • Queen Alia International in Jordan
  • Cairo International in Egypt
  • Ataturk International in Turkey
  • King Abdulaziz International and King Khalid International in Saudi Arabia
  • Kuwait International in Kuwait, Mohammed V International in Morocco
  • Doha International in Qatar
  • Dubai International and Abu Dhabi International in the United Arab Emirates.

With Qatar Airways, Emirates Airlines and Etihad Airways all operating flights from Australia, passengers using these airlines to travel to the USA should check what they can take on board before commencing travel.

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    Rosret
    22nd Mar 2017
    1:03pm
    Why?
    Eddy
    22nd Mar 2017
    1:11pm
    My view is 'what took them so long to see the bleeding obvious'. I support the ban and believe it should be taken further and made worldwide. If travellers cannot do without their electronic devices for the duration of a flight then they can make other arrangements, same as if they object to security screening. If you don't like security screening then don't fly. Passenger safety should be the highest priority, not the inconvenience imposed a individual travellers.
    A few years ago when all electronic devices, including laptops, had to have the battery removed before they were allowed on an aircraft, we managed quite well. A laptop computer could secrete up to 1kg of explosive, more than enough to bring down an aircraft. A mobile phone could secrete enough explosive to severely damage an aircraft, possibly fatally.
    The possible solution is for airlines to have 'hire' laptops available for those unable, or unwilling, to do without one. They could be requested as part of the booking process.
    Eddy
    22nd Mar 2017
    1:13pm
    In forgot to add 'and put your work etc on a memory stick'.
    Hawkeye
    22nd Mar 2017
    7:56pm
    Quite the opposite 4 months ago Eddie.
    If you had your battery removed (or even if it was flat) your device would have been confiscated. You had to show that your device actually worked before it was allowed on-board.
    I can't remember if that was only one destination or whether it was everywhere.
    BTW we went to Dubai, Rome and Casablanca (Morocco), so most of our trip was in Islamic countries, and we saw no signs anywhere of religious intolerance towards the West. Yet back home in Oz, intolerance towards other religions is commonplace, except by atheists such as myself.
    MICK
    22nd Mar 2017
    8:45pm
    18C! Slap the blighter in prison! How dare he tell the truth.
    Travelling Man
    22nd Mar 2017
    1:16pm
    Unfortunate and inconvenient, but with virtually all modern terrorist events emanating from Middle Eastern inspired Islamic militants it is another necessary hurdle for the stoic international traveller to surmount. Certainly an encouragement for home grown tourism!
    MICK
    22nd Mar 2017
    8:44pm
    18C! Slap the blighter in prison! How dare he tell the truth.
    Funny face
    22nd Mar 2017
    1:28pm
    I download books onto my iPad. How are you supposed to read? How many times gave explosives been found in computers or I pads? If none? Well, now they've given them all handy hints! Brilliant!
    Eddy
    22nd Mar 2017
    2:33pm
    Do you really think that the bad guys are so dumb they wouldn't think of using electronic devices. Unfortunately the terrorists' are very smart and very capable. Us good guys have to be smarter to outwit them.
    HDRider
    22nd Mar 2017
    2:14pm
    Funny Face, this comes from Credible information, The recent explosion at low altitude on an african plane (I believe) that only sucked the perpurtrator out of the window. Had he waited another 10 minutes it would have been catastrophic!
    My laptop ALWAYS goes in my suitcase if I take it and my Insurance well covers it. Even a 17hour flight you can leave yer work for a while and revert to PAPER!
    KSS
    22nd Mar 2017
    3:07pm
    If you are flying with Qatar Airways, Emirates Airlines and Etihad Airways they are code share flights with a stop in the middle east to change flights. Just make sure that the on-ward flight is with the code share airline not these.
    Hawkeye
    22nd Mar 2017
    8:13pm
    And just how do you do that?
    Emirates shares with Qantas, but I've yet to see a Qantas plane waiting for me at Dubai.
    MICK
    22nd Mar 2017
    8:48pm
    On that jaunt at the moment. Emirates was wonderful so far and I don't recall seeing more than one or two middle eastern people get on.
    When you book online you see who the carrier is and have the option to not proceed.
    Hawkeye
    23rd Mar 2017
    5:27pm
    Nahhh!!!
    Better off looking for flights that don't quite match up.
    Back in October Emirates flight from Casablanca got in to Dubai after boarding closed on flight back to Oz. 24½ hours before next flight home. Free room and meals for a day in Dubai courtesy of Emirates. Great for touring and shopping.
    SuziJ
    22nd Mar 2017
    3:22pm
    These restrictions won't ever bother me. I've never been thru the Middle East, nor want to go there. Singapore & Hong Kong are good enough for me, thanks.
    Funny face
    22nd Mar 2017
    3:39pm
    Thanks to the people that answered me. Helpful. I'm and older lady with Li tied computer " nous". You've no idea how pleased with myself that I managed to actually to download books! I have friends in Egypt and vuisited last year and ( I hope) yo go again next year. Emirates were wonderful ( zipped through airports in a wheelchair - fastest I've moved in years!). I only. Transit through Dubai so very helpful. Thanks again. Didn't know about the African one. Safety far more important, I agree
    niemakawa
    22nd Mar 2017
    5:05pm
    Yes the ban is necessary. I would prefer to see all flights to and from these destinations banned as well. This problem with muslim terrorists has gone on long enough and tougher measures are needed to protect Westerners. Is our Government up to the task? I think not. They want to preserve their precious multiculturalism at all costs, and spread the word of Islam. The concept has failed miserably wherever it is installed, just look at Western Europe, where an attack of one form or another is becoming a daily occurrence. Yet what do the Governments there do , nothing, but let more of the perpetrators of these crimes flood their countries. Labor/Greens ditto. As debated in a previous topic muslim immigration to Australia should be banned and m0re than 90% of the posters held the same view.
    MICK
    22nd Mar 2017
    8:49pm
    18C! Slap the blighter in prison! How dare he tell the truth.

    22nd Mar 2017
    5:15pm
    Whats stopping a terrorist from flying out of the middle east to Japan or New Zealand en route to the US with their laptops in hand luggage
    Hawkeye
    22nd Mar 2017
    8:18pm
    The voice of reason!!!!
    Thanks Raphael
    MICK
    22nd Mar 2017
    8:42pm
    Please report the UK and the US to the Anti Discrimination Board and apply 18C. They must be silenced for discriminating against muslims...............
    niemakawa
    22nd Mar 2017
    8:48pm
    I hope your comment is "tongue in Cheek"
    MICK
    22nd Mar 2017
    8:52pm
    May way of deriding the nonsense which passes as legislation in this country, written by people who have a wonderful perception of the world but never consider the consequences of their total stupidity.
    Yeah niemakawa....it was cheek in tongue.
    fish head
    22nd Mar 2017
    9:03pm
    There go my ebooks. Is it possible to sleep for 22 hours?
    niemakawa
    22nd Mar 2017
    9:07pm
    Travel the artic route via Tokyo. Avoid all Middle East hubs.
    MICK
    22nd Mar 2017
    11:40pm
    Yes fish head. If you don't nap then you hit a brick wall at the other end which takes a week to recover from. My suggestion is look for a row of 3 consecutive unoccupied seats in the centre row and as soon as the seatbelt light turns green go for it. The best bed you are going to get outside of first class.
    It is a long long trip. Painful!


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