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UK and USA Passenger Protection

Your guide to understanding the new enforced airline regulations.

As you may be aware, this week the UK and US governments introduced new aviation security procedures for travel to and from specific countries. We always want your trip to be enjoyable and stress-free, so please make sure that you are up-to-date and understand these new rules and regulations before you travel.

UK protection

If you are travelling out of the following countries to the UK, you will now be expected to keep any electronic device larger than the average mobile phone in the hold of the aircraft. This includes any mobile phone exceeding 16cm x 9.3cm x 1.5cm (6.2in x 3.6in x 0.5in), and all tablets and laptops.

This rule applies to all passengers flying to the UK from the following countries:

- Turkey
- Lebanon
- Jordan
- Egypt
- Tunisia
- Saudi Arabia

To avoid any disruption and inconvenience to your travels, if you are flying from any of the above countries, please ensure that you have checked through your luggage and placed any of these listed electronic items into your hold luggage prior to check in.

US Protection

The US government has also introduced regulations banning any electronic devices larger than a smartphone from being carried in the cabin of aircrafts. However, they have yet to provide specifics and the rules at present remain vague. The ban applies to the same countries as specified by the UK, and again, is applicable to any passenger flying from these countries and arriving into the US. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the airline’s own website or www.travel.state.gov

Airlines and airports affected
Royal Jordanian, EgyptAir, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad Airways

- Mohammed V International, Casablanca, Morocco
- Ataturk Airport, Istanbul, Turkey
- Cairo International Airport, Egypt
- Queen Alia International, Amman, Jordan
- King Abdulaziz International, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
- King Khalid International, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- Kuwait International Airport
- Hamad International, Doha, Qatar
- Abu Dhabi International, United Arab Emirates
- Dubai International, United Arab Emirates

For any questions, further information and advice, please contact our STA Travel Cares team on Twitter @STATravelCares. Our team will be happy to help you as best they can and point you in the right direction for any further information you may need for your trip. Please also refer to the following links for the most up-to-date government advice.

UK: www.gov.uk US: travel.state.gov

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