The US has once again made traveling from certain parts of the world considerably more complicated. Especially if you’re one who likes to keep busy with work and movies on your laptop or tablet. Some Middle Eastern and African airlines have said that the US has asked them to institute a 96-hour ban on carrying most electronics on flights to or from the US, starting on March 21st. Passengers are allowed to sit down with their phone or necessary medical devices, but anything else is off the table and into checked baggage. Cameras, Laptops, Tablets and other gadgets will have to go into your checked baggage.
The reasons for these restrictions aren’t very clear, but it could be in response to some imminent threat or hint of threat. As of now 10 airports from the Middle East and Africa have been affected. And reasoning for these airports being chosen are answered with, it’s because of the “current threat picture.”
The affected airports are:
- Dubai International Airport
- Abu Dhabi International Airport
- Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar
- King Abdul-Aziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
- King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan
- Cairo International Airport
- Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey
- Kuwait International Airport, Kuwait
- Mohammed V Airport in Casablanca, Morocco
If you’re planning to travel to the US after the 21st of March, pay close attention to what you’re carrying along with you and how you’re going to transport it.