All you need to know: UK/US Electronics ban on Flights and how it affects Nigerians

All you need to know UKUS Electronics ban on Flights and how it affects Nigerians

In a bid to keep travellers informed, Jumia Travel has curated some useful
information on what you need to know about the new security rule on United
States and United Kingdom bound Flights.


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According to a new travel directive, from
no later than the 25th of March 2017, passengers on United States and the United
Kingdom bound flights from certain airports in the Middle East and North Africa
will not be allowed to carry electronic devices larger than a cell phone or
smart phone in carry-on luggage or property within reach.


Both governments seek to intensify security
procedures for passengers in order to better protect them as well as their
citizens by placing new checks at the last point of departure before entering
the United States and the United Kingdom.



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For UK bound flights, the United Kingdom
government has provided maximum dimensions for electronic devices permitted in
carry-on luggage (length: 16.0cm, width: 9.3cm, depth: 1.5cm).

Electronic devices that exceed the
stipulated size limits will need to be secured in checked luggage.

What
led to the new Security Rule on United States and United Kingdom bound Flight
?
The Travel tech policy was put in place to
enhance Aviation Security for Select Last Point of Departure Airports with
Commercial Flights to the United States. Restriction on electronic gadgets, is
an action taken based onthe US Government’s concern over threats of terrorism
targeting commercial aviation and various transportation hubs as evident in
past security issues such as the  2015
airliner downing in Egypt, the 2016 attempted airliner downing in Somalia
and the 2016 armed attacks against airports in Brussels and Istanbul.

According to a statement released by
the Department of Homeland Security in the United States, “terrorist
groups continue to target commercial aviation and are pursuing innovative
methods to undertake their attacks, including smuggling explosive devices in
various consumer items.”
What
airport are affected by the new Travel Security Rules on US bound flights?




The US aviation security enhancements will apply to inbound flights from the
following airports:


·        
Cairo International Airport
(CAI)
·        
Queen Alia International
Airport (AMM)
·        
Ataturk International Airport
(IST)
·        
Dubai International Airport
(DXB)
·        
Abu Dhabi International Airport
(AUH)
·        
King Abdul-Aziz International
Airport (JED)
·        
King Khalid International
Airport (RUH)
·        
Hamad International Airport
(DOH)
·        
Kuwait International Airport
(KWI)
·        
Mohammed V Airport (CMN)
What
are the airlines affected by the new Travel Security Rules on US bound Flights?
The nine airlines affected by the US
aviation security enhancement rule are:
·        
Royal Jordanian
·        
EgyptAir
·        
Turkish Airlines
·        
Saudi Arabian Airlines
·        
Kuwait Airways
·        
Royal Air Maroc
·        
Qatar Airways
·        
Emirates
·        
Etihad Airway.

Exception to the new travel security rule: US officials confirmed that no American carriers will be
affected by the ban. Passengers on American airlines such as Virgin Atlantic
Airlinesand Delta Airlines would also be allowed to carry larger devices
in their checked luggage.

What
are the countries affected by the new Travel Security Rules on UK bound
Flights?
The UK security enhancements will apply to
inbound flights from the following countries:
·        
Turkey
·        
Lebanon
·        
Egypt
·        
Saudi Arabia
·        
Jordan
·        
Tunisia

What
are the airlines affected by the new Travel Security Rules on UK bound Flights?
The fourteen airlines affected by the UK
ban are;
·        
British Airways
·        
EasyJet
·        
Jet2.com
·        
Monarch
·        
Thomas Cook
·        
Thomson
·        
Turkish Airlines
·        
Pegasus Airways
·        
Atlas-Global Airlines
·        
Middle East Airlines
·        
Egyptair
·        
Royal Jordanian
·        
Tunis Air
·        
Saudi Arabian Airlines


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How the
new Security Rule on United States and United Kingdom bound Flightwill affect
Nigerians?

The two major classes of Nigerian
passengers who will be affected include; those that have stopovers at one of
the listed airports or those flying one of the listed airlines during their
flights to US or UK.

For the purpose of clarity, let say you are
flying from Lagos to
London through Turkish Airline with a layover at Istanbul, you will need to
check-in any of your electronic devices which is larger than a smartphone. It is
highly advisable that Nigerian passengers intending to use any of the banned
gadgets in the destination country, have it checked in with their luggage from
Lagos so as to avoid any issues when boarding their connecting flights.

Travellers to the United States and the United Kingdom, especially those on
flights originating from the Middle East or North Africa are advised to contact
their airline directly to ascertain whether any restrictions on the carriage of
electronic devices apply on their flight to the United States or the United
Kingdom.






Written by: Mariam Banwo Barry
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