U.S. and UK ban on having large electronic devices in the cabin of commercial aircraft coming from certain countries to the United States or the United Kingdom

March 21, 2017


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is prohibiting all passengers from carrying large electronic devices in the cabin of commercial aircraft on direct flights to the United States from the following airports:
• Amman, Jordan – Queen Alia International Airport
• Cairo, Egypt – Cairo International Airport
• Istanbul, Turkey – Ataturk International Airport (IST)
• Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (JED)
• Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – King Khalid International Airport (RUH)
• Kuwait City, Kuwait – Kuwait International Airport (KWI)
• Casablanca, Morocco –Mohammed V Airport (CMN)
• Doha, Qatar – Hamad International Airport (DOH)
• Dubai, United Arab Emirates – Dubai International Airport (DXB)
• Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH)
The UK government has issued a similar ban for direct flights to the United Kingdom, which includes the following countries: Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Tunisia.

Examples of large electronic devices include, but are not limited to, the below:
• Laptop Computers
• Tablets (iPad, etc.)
• E-Readers (Kindle, etc.)
• Cameras
• Portable DVD players
• Electronic game units larger than a smartphone
Travel printers/scanners
Airlines and screeners have discretion over what they may or may not allow in the cabin.


These devices must be placed in checked baggage. Mobile phones will be allowed in the cabin. Should you be connecting in one of these cities for your flight to the United States or the United Kingdom, check any large electronic devices when you begin your journey (i.e. New Delhi to Qatar to the United States, check your laptop in New Delhi).
The ban only applies to flights entering the United States or United Kingdom. Flights departing these countries are not included. Airlines must comply by March 25 at 8:00 AM EDT, though some may implement these measures before then. At this point in time it is unknown how long these restrictions will last and if any additional countries will be added to the U.S. or UK list or adopt the U.S./UK policy. Please check with your carrier and be prepared to check any large electronic devices.
Official DHS statement
Official UK government statement