travelnews: Electronics Banned On Multiple US Flights from Middle East

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Wed Mar 22 16:32:07 PDT 2017

Please alert your travelers to this recent development:

Electronics Banned On Multiple US Flights from Middle East
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced Tuesday that passengers will now be prohibited from carrying electronic devices larger than a cellphone - such as laptops, tablets, cameras and portable DVD players - onto the cabins of certain U.S.-bound flights. However, those items may be stowed in checked luggage. Phones are exempt from the new rules.

The indefinite ban applies to 10 different airports in Jordan, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Qatar, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.

While the policy does not target specific nations or airlines, it affects nine overseas air carriers that have a total of 50 daily direct flights to the U.S., according to senior officials. At this time, no U.S. airlines are impacted, as none have direct flights from the select airports.  Air carriers have 96 hours to start enforcing the restrictions and could have their certificate to fly to the U.S. revoked if they don't comply.

The DHS said extremists were seeking "innovative methods" to bring down jets, and there is the possibility that bombs could be hidden in laptops, tablets, cameras, DVD players and electronic games.

The nine carriers affected are:

  *   Egypt Air
  *   Emirates
  *   Etihad Airways
  *   Kuwait Airways
  *   Qatar Airways
  *   Royal Air Maroc
  *   Royal Jordanian
  *   Saudi Arabian Airlines
  *   Turkish Airlines

For more information, click the links below to various news sources:

  *   U.S. Department of Homeland Security<>

*         U.K. Department of Transport<>

Laurie Jacoby, CTC
Travel Manager
Business Affairs Office
University of Oregon
lajacoby at<mailto:lajacoby at>

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