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TSA Regulations on Electronic Devices (March '17)

Full Description

Department of Homeland Security (TSA) announced that all passengers traveling from ports of departure in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the UAE will be required to place any electronic devices larger than a smartphone--cameras, tablets, e-readers, portable DVD players, game units, travel printers, and scanners--in checked baggage prior to boarding U.S.-bound flights. Electronic medical devices and smartphones will be allowed with carry-on luggage.

The new order affects the following airports:

  • Abu Dhabi International (UAE)
  • Cairo International (Egypt)
  • Dubai International (UAE)
  • Hamad International (Doha, Qatar) 
  • Istanbul Ataturk (Turkey) 
  • King Abdulaziz International (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia) 
  • King Khalid International (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) 
  • Kuwait International  Mohammed V International (CAS, Casablanca, Morocco)
  • Queen Alia International (Amman, Jordan). 
This TSA order is in effect for anyone traveling from these airports to the United States, including all U.S. citizens.

Use only Transportation Security Administration (TSA)-approved measures to secure valuable electronics in checked luggage. https://www.tsa.gov/travel/travel-tips

If you have any other questions about the implications of this rule, please contact Nick Vasquez, International Travel and Security Manager at snvasquez@wm.edu.