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ALERT: New Security Restrictions for 10 Middle East and Africa Departure Airports

Date: March 23, 2017
Type: AFA Article

On March 20, 2017, U.S. officials announced a ban on carrying most electronic equipment in carry-on luggage on direct U.S. bound flights from 10 airports in the Middle East and Africa. The airports in question are those in Amman, Jordan (AMM); Kuwait City, Kuwait (KWI); Cairo, Egypt (CAI); Istanbul, Turkey (IST); Jeddah (JED) and Riyadh (RUH), Saudi Arabia; Casablanca, Morocco (CMN); Doha, Qatar (DOH); and Dubai (DXB) and Abu Dhabi (AUH), and United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is important to note, at this time there is no specific or credible threat to United and thus these changes do not affect United however we feel it is important for United Flight Attendants to be aware of this ban.

The new ban applies to larger electronic devices other than cellular phones and medical equipment; devices such as laptops, cameras, portable DVD players and tablets must be stored in checked luggage. The ban reportedly went into effect on March 21. U.S. authorities stated that they imposed the ban due to intelligence regarding threats of terrorist attacks on aircraft; no further details are available regarding the intelligence that prompted the decision.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had posted questions and answers about the recent Aviation Security Enhancements for Select Last Point of Departure Airports with Commercial Flights to the United States. 

If you have questions please contact your Local Council Safety, Health and Security Committee.

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