Sunday, March 26, 2017

US bans larger electronic devices on some flights from Middle East

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New TSA guidelines affects travel on few airlines originating from the Middle East. Passenger travelling to and from USA on Royal Jordanian, Turkish Airlines, Egypt Air, Saudia Airlines, Kuwait airways, Royal Air Morocco, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad will not be allowed to carry electronic devices larger than a cellphone. After the Trump administration’s failed travel ban, this one will again cause a lot of inconvenience to passengers. The fact that the electronic devices are allowed in checked-in baggage is a bit mind boggling since the same risk applies to checked-in baggage as well. There are concerns that this ban may just be an excuse to go over a passenger’s data stored in an electronic device. The Emirates flight from San Francisco to Dubai is 16 hours long and a lot of families travel with kids. Not been able to use an electronic device like a laptop or and iPad will surely go down well with passengers.
The ban is technically related to ten airports in eight countries:

  • Queen Alia in Jordan
  • Cairo International in Egypt
  • Ataturk International in Turkey
  • King Abudlaziz and King Khalid in Saudi Arabia
  • Kuwait International in Kuwait, Mohammaed V in Morocco
  • Doha International in Qatar
  • Dubai international and Abu Dhabi international in the United Arab Emirates.
Are we going too far with airline security? What do you think will come next? A ban on hand baggage altogether?


  1. Airline security should always be concern, and with heightened tensions in the world at this time, this is a necessary precaution to keep people safe. However, like with the travel ban, the selection process for these countries, which include major U.S. allies is questionable, being as they are Muslim majority countries. While this gives the image of this being a legal way to ban something to do with Muslims, like with the aforementioned travel ban, I believe this should either be imposed everywhere or in just terror prone regions alone to not inconvenience a certain demographic of people alone.

  2. I think one of the underlying reasons this ban was made is to make it inconvenient for Muslims to travel to the US in a legal way, like you said. Because Trump's travel ban was declared unconstitutional, this increased security could be a way to circumvent that ban in a legal way. If people from these mainly Muslim countries see yet another inconvenience added on to their traveling, they may just decide not travel to the US at all, beating the unconstitutionality of the ban.

  3. I do not not believe that this ban is a just act. While the concern for safety is valid, this act faces similar flaws to the original Muslim ban, in which the countries banned were not necessarily associated with terrorism as much as they were with Islam, like Omar mentioned. The act itself is needless, as electronic devices rarely cause any destructive damages. Restricting devices would simply inconvenience passengers, especially business people. Moreover, the fact that this ban is targeted does begs scrutiny for its motives, and I don't believe that it makes any real contributions to security. Personally I think this is just an act influenced by the failure of the passage of the travel ban, so the TSA now feels threatened and thinks something has to be put in place.

  4. Airports definitely have a lot of security these days, and can be very inconvenient. The fact that this rule only applies to specific cities is definitely unfair and biased. Aside from that, airport security already takes enough caution when dealing with electronics: we have to take them out of our bags, put them in a separate container, and then let them pass through an x-ray. With this measure already in place, it seems unnecessary to add extra rules that will only make travel harder for people.

    1. Yes Avichal, I also do agree that this is unnecessary. But the security in the middle east probably isn't much strict vs security in the US. Where we take high precaution on our electronics. The ban is only flights from the Middle East not to the Middle East. If it was from the US to the Middle east, then without a doubt it would be really unnecessary.

  5. I feel like this ban is going to be very inconvenient for a lot of people. Many individuals may like having a computer, an iPad or nook to read or play application games on, and this ban will make a lot of flights very boring for a large amount of people. The fact that the same risk applies to checked-in luggage seems to make this ban less effective. Often enough, airport workers may slack off in checking the luggage, making the possibility that someone could sneak in something illegal pretty high. Therefore, I do not support this ban. The very possibility that this ban could've been made on the basis to intrude in passenger privacy is a very scary concept, so this ban should be lifted.

  6. I think since this plan is directed towards the middle east, I feel like it's very bias. It's too bad that they cant use this because it will be extremely inconvenient.However, I do believe that security should be a top priority in this country.

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