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starflyergold Mar 21, 17 12:15 am

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

US forbids any device larger than cellphone on airlines from 13 countries

US authorities have secretly required airlines from 13 nations to forbid passengers from carrying any electronic or electrical device larger than a cellphone.The new edict was distributed in an email described as “confidential” from the US transportation safety administration (TSA) on Monday....

So far only Jordan and Saudi Arabia have confirmed the new rules, however it is expected that Turkey is also on the list. No confirmation yet from TK.

siberslava Mar 21, 17 1:54 am

Reports I see have Istanbul on the list. I'm checking with my sources to verify. I can imagine this all came out of Trump's meeting with airline executives a few weeks ago as a way of punishing Middle East airlines. I don't see how this is going to be enforceable since one is not supposed to have lithium batteries in checked luggage...

Mwenenzi Mar 21, 17 1:56 am

One of the many FT threads on this topic http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/pract...tries-u-s.html

AirCanada881 Mar 21, 17 2:25 am

Just so we're clear this only applies to US bound flights? ie South America isn't concerned?

Thanks

starflyergold Mar 21, 17 4:17 am


Originally Posted by Wilko Pali Sedef (Post 28064676)
Just so we're clear this only applies to US bound flights? ie South America isn't concerned?

Thanks

US bound flights only

BurekTheGreat Mar 21, 17 6:12 am

Turkish airlines official announcement:


Due to the most recent declaration that we’ve received from the concerned authorities, as Turkish Airlines we kindly inform our passengers that any electronic or electirical devices larger than a cell phone or smart phone (except medical devices) must not be transported on board in our flights arriving to the US destinations. However, those passengers will be easily able to transport their mentioned devices in the baggage hold area of the aircraft.
Source: http://www.turkishairlines.com/en-hr...ying-to-the-us

Worcester Mar 21, 17 7:17 am

This does not make any sense, holds are no stronger than passenger decks if they are worried about bombs. And if they can camouflage the bomb to pass IST security why not fly to Athens and get on a US bound flight there.

I smell a rat.

GUWonder Mar 21, 17 7:33 am


Originally Posted by Worcester (Post 28065523)
This does not make any sense, holds are no stronger than passenger decks if they are worried about bombs. And if they can camouflage the bomb to pass IST security why not fly to Athens and get on a US bound flight there.

I smell a rat.

Orange rat?

Sort of amusing to see the Saudis and Emiratis on the blacklist too, given their rulers were anything but critical of Trump's Executive Order "Muslim bans" and were cheering for Trump in November 2016. And all so soon after Saudi Arabia's de facto head was in DC this month for a smiling photo op.

I can't say I'm surprised Turkey was blacklisted in this way. The US seems to have gone after the US-serving carriers with the largest coverage of Muslim-majority nations it could find.

starflyergold Mar 21, 17 9:18 am

The UK is about to announce similar rules. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39343971

Shawn02139 Mar 21, 17 9:29 am

Has anyone tried to request a refund from Turkish? I have a long flight from IST to US and would like to work on the flight. I'd be happy with a reroute onto a star alliance carrier via Europe

starflyergold Mar 21, 17 9:34 am


Originally Posted by Shawn02139 (Post 28066268)
Has anyone tried to request a refund from Turkish? I have a long flight from IST to US and would like to work on the flight. I'd be happy with a reroute onto a star alliance carrier via Europe

I'd say your chances are zero.

airoli Mar 21, 17 10:07 am


Originally Posted by starflyergold (Post 28066296)
I'd say your chances are zero.

+1. This is clearly a regulatory change outside of the airline's control. Why should they waive their ticket rules?

fumje Mar 21, 17 11:23 am


Originally Posted by starflyergold (Post 28066191)
The UK is about to announce similar rules. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39343971

Appeasement?

tcm Mar 21, 17 11:40 am

Different to the U.S. ban the U.K. has a dimension limit as well, even for phones. And "surprisingly" no ban for flights from Qatar/UAE. Politics driven security at its best:rolleyes:

tcm Mar 21, 17 11:43 am


Under the new restrictions, passengers boarding flights to the UK from the countries affected will not be allowed to take any phones, laptops or tablets larger than a normal smartphone – specified as 16cm x 9.3cm x 1.5cm.
source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/21/uk-set-to-ban-laptops-on-flights-from-middle-east-countries


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