US Laptop Ban being extended to European Flights?

In March the US and UK announced they were banning electronic devices larger than a mobile phone from flights originating in certain countries. While the bans are similar there are differences.

The US ban affects flights departing the following 10 airports to the United States.

  • Amman, Jordan – Queen Alia International Airport (AMM)
  • Cairo, Egypt – Cairo International Airport (CAI)
  • Istanbul, Turkey – Ataturk International Airport (IST)
  • Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (JED)
  • Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – King Khalid International Airport (RUH)
  • Kuwait, Kuwait – Kuwait International Airport (KWI)
  • Casablanca, Morocco – Mohammed V Airport (CMN)
  • Doha, Qatar – Hamad International Airport (DOH)
  • Dubai, UAE – Dubai International Airport (DXB)
  • Abu Dhabi, UAE – Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH)


 

While the UK ban affects all flights departing from the following countries to the UK.

  • Turkey
  • Lebanon
  • Jordan
  • Egypt
  • Tunisia
  • Saudi Arabia

It’s interesting to note the UK ban doesn’t affect flights departing from the ME3 airlines hub – Abu Dhabi, Doha and Dubai while the US ban does. There are also some oddities that make you question how well thought out this ban is. Emirates operating a flight from Dubai to Milan to JFK which is not affected by the ban but the direct Dubai to JFK is.

Airlines have been coming up with solutions to this issue. Many will allow you to use the laptop/electronics up until boarding, where they will collect them, packaging them and give you a tag. You can then collect the electronics at the destination. Emirates will loan your a Microsoft Surface tab for the flight while Etihad and Qatar will loan a laptop.

So far, this hasn’t really affected Irish unless they are taking a very round-about route to the US. However, it is widely reported that the ban will be extended to cover flights from Europe and it will be announced today. While many hope Ireland will be exempt from the ban for pre-cleared flights this wasn’t the case for pre-cleared flights from Abu Dhabi.

Looks like soon there will be yet another queue involved when travelling to the US..

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