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electronics ban on US/UK bound flights [now lifted]

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US and UK electronics ban:

As of 5 July 2017 personal electronics can again be brought into the cabin on flights to the US. The UK was lifted at the end of July.

Which items are affected?


The US rule is broad and wide-ranging, affecting almost anything that is not a phone.
"Electronic devices larger than a cell phone/smart phone will not be allowed to be carried onboard the aircraft in carry-on luggage or other accessible property." Anything larger will have to go in checked luggage in the hold.

The US DHS gave a list of examples, but said it was not exhaustive:
  • Laptops
  • Tablets
  • E-readers
  • Cameras
  • Portable DVD players
  • Electronic game units larger than a smartphone
  • Travel printers/scanners

The rules apply to all flights originating from Turkey to the US or UK, and apply to those who started their journey outside of Turkey and are connecting at IST.

The UK rules are set out here https://www.gov.uk/government/news/a...ghts-to-the-uk.
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Old Mar 24, 17, 11:59 pm
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Originally Posted by Renard View Post
...I use a CPAP too.... the laptop was bad but the CPAP pretty much put flying TK back to the states a 'no go' for me... replacing a stolen or broken CPAP would be a MEGA hassle as it involves medical insurance, doctor prescriptions for it, etc. I have no problem handing it over for the flight as long as I know I'll get it back at the end safe and in working condition.
Pretty sure "medical devices" are exempt, and I'd guess that would qualify.

In any case, kudos to TK for taking what steps they can to mitigate the impact.
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Old Mar 25, 17, 5:01 am
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Just boarded IST-SFO (not connecting).

At check-in they asked about electronics. I said I had a laptop, but that I wanted to check it at the gate, and they were ok with that and let me proceed. No further checks at security as expected (via the direct lounge entrance).

At the gate (219, as is often used for security sensitive flights) they were doing a full security check on almost all passengers - exactly the same as for my flight to TLV a few weeks ago (shoes off, pat down, explosives swab, etc). I actually scored SSSS (extra screening) on my boarding pass and they didn't do anything extra so I presume everyone was getting the full treatment by default. A few people got lesser treatment based on something on their boarding pass (Precheck-ish?) but the number was small.

When they saw I had a laptop in my bag they then took me over to another desk where they were checking them. I had purchased a cheap laptop bag last night for protection, but after some discussion they decided it was better not to use it. Instead they individually wrapped all items (for me, laptop, tablet) in bubblewrap bags, affixed hand-filled "rush" luggage tags, and then put them into a hard-sided suitcase (standard ~30" suitcases, not anything special) which had large Turkish Airlines labels on them.

The person in front of me had a SLR camera and an iPad and got exactly the same treatment.

Other than being slow, the process worked, and I've got at least some confidence my items will get to San Francisco safely. I'll report back after I arrive in SFO as to what they procedure is there...

Apparently there are 20 flights per day that are affected, including both US and UK flight.
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Old Mar 25, 17, 5:03 am
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Originally Posted by docbert View Post
Just boarded IST-SFO (not connecting).

...
Thanks for letting us know! Please update on how the process works when you arrive!
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Old Mar 25, 17, 5:31 am
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So large cameras are banned too? Vloggers won't be happy!
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Old Mar 25, 17, 5:45 am
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Originally Posted by Wilko Pali Sedef View Post
So large cameras are banned too? Vloggers won't be happy!
Cameras are included in the US ban, not in the UK ban.
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Old Mar 25, 17, 5:53 am
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Originally Posted by foggy traveler View Post
TK boxes!)
That's a lot better than I expected ^ (given the circumstances)

Thanks for sharing foggy traveler
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Old Mar 25, 17, 7:13 am
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Well, this does not look as good as the KK cases...

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Old Mar 25, 17, 9:02 am
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Originally Posted by docbert View Post
Just boarded IST-SFO (not connecting).

At check-in they asked about electronics. I said I had a laptop, but that I wanted to check it at the gate, and they were ok with that and let me proceed. No further checks at security as expected (via the direct lounge entrance).

At the gate (219, as is often used for security sensitive flights) they were doing a full security check on almost all passengers - exactly the same as for my flight to TLV a few weeks ago (shoes off, pat down, explosives swab, etc). I actually scored SSSS (extra screening) on my boarding pass and they didn't do anything extra so I presume everyone was getting the full treatment by default. A few people got lesser treatment based on something on their boarding pass (Precheck-ish?) but the number was small.

When they saw I had a laptop in my bag they then took me over to another desk where they were checking them. I had purchased a cheap laptop bag last night for protection, but after some discussion they decided it was better not to use it. Instead they individually wrapped all items (for me, laptop, tablet) in bubblewrap bags, affixed hand-filled "rush" luggage tags, and then put them into a hard-sided suitcase (standard ~30" suitcases, not anything special) which had large Turkish Airlines labels on them.

The person in front of me had a SLR camera and an iPad and got exactly the same treatment.

Other than being slow, the process worked, and I've got at least some confidence my items will get to San Francisco safely. I'll report back after I arrive in SFO as to what they procedure is there...

Apparently there are 20 flights per day that are affected, including both US and UK flight.
Thanks so much docbert, I will be connecting onto this flight IST-SFO coming from my Dubai - IST flight April 8th. Great to know TK is taking care of passengers and carefully packing them at the gate
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Old Mar 25, 17, 9:32 pm
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Originally Posted by docbert View Post
Just boarded IST-SFO (not connecting).

[...]

Other than being slow, the process worked, and I've got at least some confidence my items will get to San Francisco safely. I'll report back after I arrive in SFO as to what they procedure is there...
On arrival at SFO we were told that out luggage and electronics would be available at carousel 1. They had a table setup at the end of the carousel with a Turkish Airlines tablecloth draped over it and a small sign saying Electronics Pickup. When I arrived there were no airline staff, but there was someone from the airport who was helping out. I was first to the table, so basically formed the start of (what became) a line.

About 30 mins after I had arrived (about 45 after the plane door opened) the baggage carousel started up, and at the same time they rolled out the 2 bags of electronics which then then started unloading onto the floor behind the table. As I was at the start of the line they found my 2 first - made more difficult by the fact that wrapped in bubblewrap bags they all looked almost exactly the same!

After finding them, they confirm the tag on the item against the stub I had, as well as checking my passport to confirm the name matched, and then had me sign the same sheet of paper I'd signed in IST when dropping it.

The worrying part was that they stated that the bags had been opened after they were dropped off, and thus they asked me to also check that the item was actually correct. I couldn't tell if they had actually been opened, and have no way of knowing if they attempted to try and boot my computer or not. (It has an encrypted hard disk, so stops at that prompt almost as soon as it's powered on).

Other than the fact that even over 2 hours after landing my metal-case laptop is still almost too cold to hold, both devices appear to have survived without any issues at all.
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Old Mar 25, 17, 10:59 pm
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Thanks for the feedback! The process has to many potential flaws where things can go wrong on the arrival side for my liking. Also the case/box/bag currently used doesn't give me confidence against damage or theft. I will be checking-in my stuff to my own luggage...

BTW, compared to QR/EK, TK seems to be better organized, I am in shock
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Old Mar 26, 17, 12:33 am
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Thanks for your report Docbert, that's really good to know.
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Old Mar 26, 17, 12:58 am
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Thank you very much docbert, I'll be in the exact flight home April 8th.

Hope you get some rest and I'll be sure to share my experiences here if anything is better/same/ or worst than your experiences..
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Old Mar 26, 17, 1:01 am
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thanks for following up. going to be cellphone only for me until they figure this out.
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Old Mar 26, 17, 8:21 am
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Wonder how TK will handle the electronics at check in at LOS with an IST connection to SFO? Hope I can carry them onboard in LOS and then gate check them in IST for SFO. Glad to see TK offering a gate solution for the time being. Thanks to all who posted their experiences with this ban.
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Old Mar 26, 17, 8:23 am
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Originally Posted by tcm View Post
Well, this does not look as good as the KK cases...

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Inside it looks like on the photo. TGS staff puts also inside lists with name, surname, bag tag number and brand of electronic goods.
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