You may be aware of announcements made on 21st March by the United States (US) and United Kingdom (UK), concerning on measures restricting the carriage of electronic devices within cabin baggage.
The US measures apply to travel to the US from the following airports:
- Queen Alia International Airport (AMM); Jordan
- Cairo International Airport (CAI); Egypt
- Ataturk International Airport (IST); Turkey
- King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (JED); Saudi Arabia
- King Khalid International Airport (RUH); Saudi Arabia
- Kuwait International Airport (KWI); Kuwait
- Mohammed V Airport (CMN); Morocco
- Hamad International Airport (DOH); Qatar
- Dubai International Airport (DXB); United Arab Emirates
- Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH); United Arab Emirates
The UK introduced similar measures for inbound flights departing from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.
The US and UK measures restrict the carriage of all large electronic devices – including laptops, e-readers, tablets, and cameras – in the main cabin of the aircraft, with the exception of mobile phones and medical devices. Devices will instead have to be carried in checked baggage.
Note 1: The US considers a 'large electronic device' to be one larger than the approximate size of a commonly available smart phone.
Note 2: the UK has provided specific guidance on the maximum allowable size of: Length: 16.0cm; Width: 9.3cm; and Depth: 1.5cm
These measures do not affect Australia or Australians UNLESS your journey involves travelling direct from one of the affected airports to the US or UK.
If your journey commences in an Australian airport and your onward flight/s to the US or UK transit any of the airports or countries listed above, AND your checked baggage has been through-checked to your final destination in the UK or US, you should consider including such restricted electronic items in your checked baggage when checking in at your port of origin in Australia.
If you have any concerns or require further guidance, please contact your airline directly to determine if you are affected and how you should respond. Some airlines e.g. Emirates, intend to introduce a "laptop and tablet handling service," which will be offered for free to customers traveling to the U.S. from Dubai, allowing them to use their laptops and tablets until just before boarding.
Both the US and UK have released fact sheets on the changes. These can be accessed via the following links:
Note: Launceston Airport has taken all reasonable care in the research and preparation of this alert, but does not accept any responsibility for an omission from or inaccuracy in this information. Before relying on the contents of this alert, travellers are recommended to consider contacting their airline directly or the relevant government agency for clarification of their individual circumstances.