US ban on electronics affects UAE flights

215

Web Report

Dubai – US-bound airline passengers from the UAE are placed among a dozen countries banned from carrying large electronics devices such as laptops and cameras on board flights, media reports said.

The new rules will concern between eight and thirteen Middle East and North African countries, including the UAE, Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia, according to the Financial Times, which cited a US official.

Royal Jordanian said all such devices — including laptops, tablets, cameras, DVD players and electronic games — would need to be checked in under new US government rules coming into force March 21.

Only mobile phones and medical devices needed in flight would be excluded from the ban, it said. The tweet was later removed amid suggestions the airline had released the information prematurely.

Broadcaster CNN quoted a US official as saying the ban was believed to be related to a threat posed by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP.

On Tuesday morning, a US official told The Associated Press the ban will apply to nonstop flights to the US from 10 international airports serving Cairo; Amman; Kuwait City; Casablanca; Doha; Riyadh and Jeddah; Istanbul; Turkey and Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The ban was indefinite, said the official.

Emirates Airline and Etihad Airways have not been advised of any new restrictions, the carriers said.

“At this time we have not received any notification of changes to cabin luggage restrictions on US flights,” an Emirates spokeswoman said in a statement.

An Etihad spokesman also said the airline had not received new guidance.

Emirates is the largest Middle East carrier operating to the US with daily flights to 12 destinations. Etihad flies daily to six US cities.