If you were preparing to board a flight to the United States via a Middle Eastern country for whatever reason, then it is time that you are prepared to be updated about the latest news. According to the Department of Homeland Security, there are some brand new changes introduced and it will change what you can bring on a U.S.-bound flight and what you cannot.
Airlines Failing to Implement These Changes Within 96 Hours Could Have Their Clearance Certificates Revoked
U.S.-bound passengers from a total of eight Middle Eastern countries carrying personal items that are larger than a smartphone will not be allowed to board the aircraft. The TSA order defines that passengers will not be allowed to bring aboard the following items:
- Portable DVD players
- Handheld gaming devices
All of these devices qualify as being larger and significantly heavier compared to a smartphone. According to the emergency amendment, the aforementioned products must be stowed in checked baggage. In case you were wondering if your country made the list, the details have been given below:
- The United Arab Emirates
- Saudi Arabia
According to AP News, cellphones and medical devices were excluded from this ban. So why exactly are these security measures taking place? According to people close to the matter, the following has been reported suggesting why this has been implemented.
“The ban would begin just before Wednesday's meeting of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Washington. A number of top Arab officials were expected to attend the State Department gathering. It was unclear whether their travel plans were related to any increased worry about security threats.”
Additionally, if a passenger is clever enough to think that he can get past the security terminals undetected in the United States, there are CT scanners present at terminals which display the contents present in the person’s bag. These scanners can easily identify if the items inside that bag are considered dangerous or not.
Just in case you were planning to take a trip to the U.S. from the aforementioned countries, now you know what items to bring, and what to leave at home.