Electronics Banned On Flights Into U.S. From Morocco, Middle East and Turkey


Collectively these airlines operate about 50 daily flights into the U.S. The airlines were notified at 8AM Eastern Time on March 21 and will have 96 hours (until 8AM Eastern on March 25) to comply, D.H.S. says.

Overall there are about 250 overseas airports with nonstop flights into the U.S.

Why the new regulation? “We have reason to be concerned about attempts by terrorist groups to circumvent aviation security and terrorist groups continue to target aviation interests,” the statement says.

The 10 airports affected are:

  • Abu Dhabi and Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Amman, Jordan
  • Cairo, Egypt
  • Casablanca, Morocco
  • Doha, Qatar
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Kuwait City
  • Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

No U.S. air carriers serve these airports nonstop, so the affected airlines are all overseas carriers:

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

No such restrictions are being implemented within the U.S. “Security procedures, both seen and unseen, are in place to mitigate the risk to flights in the United States,” the statement says. Same goes for other airports around the world.