UK/US Electronics Ban on Flights and How It Affects Nigerians

UK/US Electronics Ban on Flights and How It Affects Nigerians

All You Need to Know: UK/US Electronics Ban on Flights and How It Affects Nigerians 

Does the US/UK electronics ban affect Nigerians?  This post contains the useful information on what you need to know about the new security rule in the United States and the United Kingdom bound Flights.

According to a new travel order, starting from the 25th of March 2017, passengers in the United States and the United Kingdom bound flights from certain airports in the Middle East and North Africa will not be allowed to carry electronic devices larger than a cell phone or smartphone in carry-on luggage or property within reach.
Both governments seek to intensify security measures for passengers in order to better protect them as well as their citizens by placing new checks at the last point of departure before entering the United States and the United Kingdom.
For UK bound flights, the United Kingdom government has provided maximum dimensions for electronic devices permitted in carry-on luggage (length: 16.0cm, width: 9.3cm, depth: 1.5cm).
Electronic devices that exceed the specified size limits will need to be secured in checked luggage.
What triggered the Security Rule on the United States and the United Kingdom bound flights?
The policy which is called Travel Tech was put in place to boost Aviation Security for Select Last Point of Departure Airports with Commercial Flights to the United States. Limitation on the electronic gadget is an action taken based on the US Government’s concern over threats of terrorism targeting commercial aviation and various transportation hubs as evident in past security problems such as the  2015 airliner downing in Egypt, the 2016 attempted airliner downing in Somalia and the 2016 armed attacks against airports in Brussels and Istanbul.
According to a statement released by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the United States, “terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation and are pursuing innovative methods to undertake their attacks, including smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items.”
Which airports are affected by the new Travel Security Rules on US bound flights?
The US aviation security rule will apply to inbound flights from the following airports:
·         Hamad International Airport (DOH)
·         Kuwait International Airport (KWI)
·         Mohammed V Airport (CMN)
·         Cairo International Airport (CAI)
·         Queen Alia International Airport (AMM)
·         King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (JED)
·         King Khalid International Airport (RUH)
·         Ataturk International Airport (IST)
·         Dubai International Airport (DXB)
·         Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH)

Which airlines are affected by the new Travel Security Rules on US-bound Flights?
The major nine airlines affected by the US aviation security enhancement rule are:
·         Qatar Airways
·         Emirates
·         Turkish Airlines
·         Saudi Arabian Airlines
·         Kuwait Airways
·         Royal Air Maroc
·         Royal Jordanian
·         Egypt Air
·         Etihad Airway.

The exception to the new travel security rule: US officials claim that no American carriers will be affected by the ban. Passengers on American airlines such as Virgin Atlantic Airlines and Delta Airlines would also be allowed to carry larger devices in their checked luggage.
Which countries are affected by the new Travel Security Rules on the UK-bound Flights?
The UK security rule will apply to inbound flights from the following countries:
·         Turkey
·         Saudi Arabia
·         Jordan
·         Lebanon
·         Egypt
·         Tunisia

Which airlines are affected by the new Travel Security Rules on UK-bound Flights?
The major fourteen airlines affected by the UK electronic restriction are;
·         British Airways
·         EasyJet
·         Com
·         Monarch
·         Turkish Airlines
·         Pegasus Airways
·         Atlas-Global Airlines
·         Middle East Airlines
·         Thomas Cook
·         Thomson
·         Egyptair
·         Royal Jordanian
·         Tunis Air
·         Saudi Arabian Airlines

How Nigerians are affected by the new Security Rule on the United States and the United Kingdom bound flights.
The two major types of Nigerian passengers who will be affected include; those who will have stopovers at one of the listed airports or those flying on one of the listed airlines during their flights to US or UK.
For example, if you are flying from Lagos to London through Turkish Airline with a layover in Istanbul, you will need to check-in any of your electronic devices which are larger than a smartphone. It is highly advisable that Nigerian passengers intending to carry any of the restricted gadgets in the destination country have it checked in with their luggage from Lagos (or any other airport in Nigeria they flying from) so as to avoid any issues when boarding their connecting flights.
Travellers to the United States and the United Kingdom, most especially those on flights originating from the Middle East or North Africa are advised to contact their airline directly to learn about any restriction on the carriage of electronic devices that apply on their flight to the United States or the United Kingdom.


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