UK and US Aviation Security Announcements - Added 23rd March 2017 - Updated 31st July 2017 - Current 9th March 2020

The UK and US governments have announced new carry-on restrictions banning some electronic items on certain passenger flights.

UK ban: 

The UK ban on any electronic item larger than a normal smartphone applied to all direct passenger flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

Passengers boarding flights to the UK from the countries affected will not be allowed to take any phones, laptops or tablets larger than a normal smartphone – specified as 16cm x 9.3cm x 1.5cm (6.2in x 3.6in x 0.5in). Any such devices will need to be placed in hold luggage. The restrictions have no time limit and will apply until further notice.

July 28th 2017 - The UK government confirmed that it has lifted a ban on carrying electronic devices in hand luggage on some flights to the UK. These changes apply to the following airlines and routes only:

  • Turkish Airlines from Istanbul Ataturk and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen; and
  • Pegasus Airlines from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen and Izmir

The security measures for all other airlines and routes from Turkey to UK and for all flights from Lebanon, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Tunisia to the UK remain in place.

August 4th 2017 - The UK authorities have lifted the electronic ban that was imposed on larger phones, laptops and tablets in the cabin on Royal Jordanian flights from Queen Alia International Airport (QAIA) to the UK.
Effective August 4, 2017, Royal Jordanian passengers are allowed to carry these electronic devices in the cabin.
The UK government’s decision to lift the ban required carriers to apply additional security measures for UK-bound flights.

August 23rd 2017 - We have received a notification from the Department of Transport regarding some changes to these measures for certain inbound airports in Turkey & Tunisia. The UK government has confirmed that it has lifted a ban on carrying electronic devices in hand luggage on some flights to the UK and these changes apply to the following airlines and routes only:

  • Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (Turkey)
  • Tunis-Carthage International (Tunisia)

Passengers on flights where restrictions have been lifted will now be able to take large phones, laptops, tablets and accessories into the cabin with them.

The following airports continue to be affected by restrictions, although some individual airlines may be exempt. Passengers travelling from these airports should contact their airlines for advice about whether their flights are affected:

  • Turkey:
    • Istanbul Atatürk
    • Izmir
    • Bodrum
    • Antalya
    • Dalaman
  • Egypt:
    • Cairo
    • Hurghada
    • Marsa Alam
    • Luxor
  • Saudi Arabia:
    • Jeddah
    • Riyadh
  • Jordan:
    • Amman
  • Lebanon:
    • Beirut

For further information please see the UK Government Website.

US ban: 
The US ban on electronic devices larger than a smartphone is being imposed as an anti-terrorist precaution. The US ban applies to “anything larger than a smartphone”. 
The nine airlines affected by the US ban are Royal Jordanian, EgyptAir, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad Airways. 
The 10 airports affected are: 
  1. Mohammed V International, Casablanca, Morocco
  2. Ataturk Airport, Istanbul, Turkey
  3. Cairo International Airport, Egypt
  4. Queen Alia International, Amman, Jordan
  5. King Abdulaziz International, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  6. King Khalid International, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  7. Kuwait International Airport
  8. Hamad International, Doha, Qatar
  9. Abu Dhabi International, United Arab Emirates
  10. Dubai International, United Arab Emirates
The airlines included in the US decision have been given a deadline of 07:00 GMT on Saturday to impose the ban and no end date has been advised. 
For further information, please see the US Department of Homeland Security website.

Please follow the travel advice of your Government:




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