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UK and US Aviation Security Announcements

UK and US Aviation Security Announcements - Added 23rd March 2017 - Current 24th July 2017


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 applies 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.

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.

Customers are advised to follow the travel advice their Government:


New Zealand

United Kingdom


STA Travel are monitoring this situation and updates will be added to this Travel Advice page.

Anyone with concerns about travel in this area should contact their Booking Store for advice.



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