Israelis Flying to U.S. Through Turkey, Jordan Also Affected by Electronics Ban

Israeli passengers warned to place any electronics larger than cellphones in their checked baggage.

A Turkish Airlines flight.
Ercan Akחay, Turkish Airlines via AP

Israelis flying to the U.S. through Turkey and Jordan will not be allowed to bring most electronic devices in their carry-on luggage, the Airport Authority said Tuesday. 

The announcement was made after the U.S. said it would ban all devices bigger than a cellphone from plane cabins on flights arriving from 10 Middle Eastern countries. 

The Airport Authority statement did not address a similar ban announced by the U.K. shortly after, but presumably the directive also applies to flights to Britain. 

The electronics in question – including tablets, portable DVD players, laptops and cameras and other devices larger than a mobile phone – must be placed in checked baggage.

The British and American restrictions on carry-on electronic devices on planes coming from certain airports in Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and North Africa were imposed in response to unspecified security threats. 

The airports covered by the U.S. restrictions are in Cairo; Istanbul; Kuwait City; Doha, Qatar; Casablanca, Morocco; Amman, Jordan; Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates. 

The airports affected by the U.S. electronics rules are served by nine airlines that fly directly from those cities to the United States about 50 times a day, senior government officials said. 

The carriers – Royal Jordanian Airlines, Egypt Air, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways , Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad Airways – have until Friday to heed the new policy, which took effect early on Tuesday and will be in place indefinitely.

Several of the carriers, including Turkish Airlines, Etihad and Qatar, said early on Tuesday that they were quickly moving to comply. Royal Jordanian and Saudi Airlines said on Monday that they were immediately putting the directive into place. 

Britain said its restrictions would apply to direct flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia, and that devices larger than a normal-sized smartphone would have to be placed in the hold. 

The British regulations affect British Airways, easyJet, Jet2, Monarch, Thomas Cook, Thomson , Atlas-Global, Pegasus, EgyptAir, Royal Jordanian, Middle East Airlines, Saudia, Turkish Airlines and Tunisair.