The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), in consultation with relevant Departments and Agencies, has determined it is prudent to enhance security, to include airport security procedures for passengers at certain last point of departure airports to the United States. These enhancements include more stringent measures applied to 10 specific airports.
The enhancement in security will require that all personal electronic devices (PEDs) larger than a cell phone or smartphone be placed in checked baggage. These items will no longer be allowed to be carried onto aircraft at 10 select airports where flights are departing for the United States. Approved medical devices may be brought into the cabin after an additional screening.
What airports are impacted?
The affected overseas airports are: Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) Amman Jordan, Cairo International Airport (CAI), Ataturk International Airport (IST) Istanbul Turkey, King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (JED) Jeddah Saudi Arabia, King Khalid International Airport (RUH) Riyadh Saudi Arabia, Kuwait International Airport (KWI), Mohammed V Airport (CMN) Casablanca Morocco, Hamad International Airport (DOH) Doha Qatar, Dubai International Airport (DXB), and Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH).
- These changes remain in place until further notice
- Other airports could be added at some point in the future
- All passengers flying through and from these locations will have to place electronic devices that are larger than a cell phone/smart phone in their checked bags regardless of the passenger’s citizenship
- Electronic devices will still be allowed on all flights originating in the United States
- The airlines have 96 hours to implement this procedure (will be effective as of 8 a.m. eastern on March 25th)
All airlines that fly directly from the above airports to the United States.
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As reported by BCD Travel [3/21/2017]