Carry-on Restrictions for Certain Flights to the U.S.

On March 21, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security announced a change to international carry-on items.  Electronic devices larger than a smart phone will have to be checked into the cargo for passengers departing for the US from certain airports.  Those airports are:
  • Queen Alia International Airport (AMM)                              
  • Cairo Int’l. Airport (CAI
  • Ataturk Int’l. Airport (IST)                                            
  • King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (JED)
  • King Khalid Int’l. Airport (RUH)                                  
  • Kuwait Int’l. Airport (KWI)
  • Mohammed V. Airport (CMN)                                  
  • Hamad Int’l. Airport (DOH)
  • Dubai Int’l. Airport (DXB)                                             
  • Abu Dhabi Int’l. Airport (AUH)
U.S. citizens are not exempt from these restrictions.  Airlines have been directed to enforce these restrictions until at least October 14, 2017.
Again, these restrictions apply to flights departing from those airports with the U.S. as the destination, not outbound flights from the United States.
For more information, DHS has published a Fact Sheet: Aviation Security Enhancements for Select Last Point Departure Airports with Commercial Flights to the United States.
Our office will post updates on our website as we continue to monitor events as they impact our travelers.

Know Before You Visit

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection website provides some helpful resources for international travelers coming to the U.S. Check out the helpful tips on bringing food to the U.S., traveling with medication, and required documentation. They also have videos on what you need to know about entering the U.S. and how the entry process works.