At 3am [EDT] yesterday (Tuesday) the new US policy, restricting passengers from bringing mobile gadgets into aircraft as carry-on luggage on some flights to the US from eight countries, officially came into effect.
The new ban affects direct flights to the USA serviced by non-US airlines – Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines and Royal Jordanian among the many impacted – and prohibits electronic gadgets bigger than a mobile phone in cabin, including laptops, cameras, tablets, printers and electronic games. Crew will be exempt from the new ruling.
The airlines have 96 hours to comply with the new security ruling or risk being banned from flying to the US. The ruling applies to all direct flights to the US from airports in United Arab Emirates (Dubai and Abu Dhabi); Saudi Arabia (Riyadh and Jeddah); Morocco (Casablanca); Qatar (Doha); Jordan (Amman), Kuwait (Kuwait City), Egypt (Cairo), and Turkey (Istanbul).