The United States of America and Britain Ban Carry-On Electronics on Flights from Eight Countries

Under new security rules electronic devices larger than smartphones, such as cameras and laptops, will have to be checked on some international flights.

These rules will affect flights to the U.S. from Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Cairo; Istanbul; Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Casablanca, Morocco; Doha, Qatar, and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates and to the U.K. from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

The U.S. rules took effect Tuesday, though airlines will have until 3 a.m. EDT Saturday to implement them or be barred from flying to the U.S.  The British regulations have no particular time frame for implementation.

A U.S. government official said the ban is not in response to any new or specific threat but rather the continued desire of terrorist to target commercial aircraft. The new rules appear to be to address an evolving threat.

Many travelers have expressed concerns the new regulations would affect their efforts to work on long flights and subject their expensive electronics to an increased risk damage or theft. The ban poses a significant issue for photographers and videographer, who typically avoid checking equipment as it can be very delicate and frequently becomes damaged in checked luggage.

If you are traveling from any of these locations in the future, be sure to take this into consideration when packing.