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Flying to USA via Middleeast?

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 06:15 AM

From Financial Times

Airline passengers travelling from eight Middle Eastern nations, including Jordan and Egypt, will be barred from carrying large electronic devices into the main cabin under new regulations from the Trump administration.

The rules, which come into effect on Tuesday, also apply to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, according to a US official. Passengers from the eight countries will have to check laptop computers and other large devices, such as tablets, into the hold on all flights bound for airports in the US. But the restrictions will not apply to flights leaving the US for the same countries, according to the official, who requested anonymity.


While some outlets have reported that the ban applies to 13 countries, the US official said only eight nations were on the list.

The biggest impact will be felt by Emirates, the huge Dubai-based airline that operates 119 weekly flights between Dubai and a range of US destinations, including New York, Boston, Los Angeles and Seattle. The airline also carries passengers from Asia to the US via Dubai, meaning the impact will be more broadly felt. It will also hit the operations of Etihad, another UAE-based airline, which operates Airbus A380 superjumbos twice a day between Abu Dhabi and New York and serves a series of other US operations.


NOTE -- Other sources report that the ban will apply to all devices except cell phones. More information is expected be released within 24 hours.




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Posted 22 March 2017 - 01:22 AM

UK as well now.
I've been avoiding middle-Eastern airlines for 50 years so far, so am ahead of events.

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Posted 22 March 2017 - 01:41 AM

UK list is shorter.
No UAE so Emirates & Etihad not affected.

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