This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

 

Update 7/19/2017: Saudia has been cleared for flights departing Riyadh (RUH) effective July 19. This marks the final airport removed from the list. Currently, no airports are subject to the large carry-on electronics ban.
Update 7/17/2017: Saudia has been cleared for flights departing Jeddah (JED) effective July 17.
Update 7/12/2017: EgyptAir has been cleared effective July 12. It remains in place for flights from Cairo to London.
Update 7/12/2017
: Royal Air Maroc has been cleared effective July 13, six days earlier than originally expected.
Update 7/9/2017: Kuwait Airways has been cleared effective today.
Update 7/9/2017: Royal Jordanian has been cleared effective July 9.
Update 7/6/2017: Royal Air Maroc expects to be cleared by July 19.
Update 7/6/2017: Qatar has now been cleared from the electronics ban.


Just a couple of weeks ago, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly told lawmakers that an expansion of the electronics ban to European airports was “likely and imminent.” Since then, things have changed. Rather than expanding, the large carry-on electronics ban has retracted. Abu Dhabi (Etihad), Doha (Qatar), Istanbul (Turkish) and Dubai (Emirates) are off the list. Saudia says that it expects to be cleared by July 19. With all of the recent changes, here’s where the electronics ban currently stands.

Original Electronics Ban

The large carry-on electronics ban affected nine airlines across 10 airports in eight countries. This ban was made official on March 21, with airlines given just 96 hours to fully comply — or lose their right to operate flights to the US. All nine airlines pulled it off, with some introducing gate-checking of electronics and loaner laptops within a week.

The United Kingdom — sharing the same intelligence data as the United States — also rolled out a similar electronics ban. There was one noticeable difference: The “Middle East Three” (Emirates, Etihad, Qatar), along with Kuwait and Morocco, were absent from the UK’s list.

As of publication date, some of these airports are meeting the newly released requirements and getting cleared from the US electronics ban. Here’s the current state of affairs:

Airport Airline Status
Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) Etihad Airways Cleared effective July 2
Ataturk International Airport (IST) Turkish Airlines Cleared effective July 5
Dubai International Airport (DXB) Emirates Cleared effective July 5
Hamad International Airport (DOH) Qatar Airways Cleared effective July 6
Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) Royal Jordanian Airlines Cleared effective July 9
Kuwait International Airport (KWI) Kuwait Airways Cleared effective July 9
Cairo International Airport (CAI) EgyptAir Cleared effective July 12
Mohammed V Airport (CMN) Royal Air Maroc Cleared effective July 13
King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (JED) Saudia Cleared effective July 17
King Khalid International Airport (RUH) Saudia Cleared effective July 19

European Airports

Despite plenty of speculation and discussion, no European airports have been subject to the electronics ban (except Istanbul, which is technically in Europe), but it’s going to take some effort to stay off the list. The DHS is requiring all airports with nonstop flights to the US to comply with a laundry list of new regulations. If airports meet these requirements, then it’s business as usual. If the DHS determines that some airports aren’t fully complying, the large carry-on electronics ban will include these airports.

Tips for Flying Through Still-Banned Airports

What happens if you’re still flying from one of the affected airports? First, it’s important to remember that the ban only affects nonstop flights from the affected airports to the US. If you’re flying from Cairo (CAI) via London before heading back to the US, you can keep your electronics with you the whole time — but not if you’re on an EgyptAir nonstop from Cairo (CAI) directly to the US. No flights departing the US are affected.

Next, it’s important to know what’s banned and not. Technically, any electronics that are larger than a smartphone are banned. For some airlines, this is being applied to noise-canceling headphones; they’re electronics and larger than a phone. But this rule isn’t being consistently enforced.

Finally, if you need to check your electronics, you should read up on how to pack your electronicswhat damage your credit card might and might not cover and how to survive long flights with kids with no electronics.

The Platinum Card® from American Express

The American Express Platinum card has some of the best perks out there: cardholders enjoy the best domestic lounge access (Delta SkyClubs, Centurion Lounges, and Priority Pass), a $200 annual airline fee credit as well as up to $200 in Uber credits, and mid-tier elite status at SPG, Marriott, and Hilton. Combined with the 60,000 point welcome offer -- worth $1,140 based on TPG's valuations -- this card is a no-brainer for frequent travelers. Here are 5 reasons you should consider this card, as well as how you can figure out if the $550 annual fee makes sense for you.

Apply Now
More Things to Know
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases in your first 3 months.
  • Enjoy Uber VIP status and free rides in the U.S. up to $15 each month, plus a bonus $20 in December. That can be up to $200 in annual Uber savings.
  • 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel.
  • 5X Membership Rewards points on prepaid hotels booked on amextravel.com.
  • Enjoy access to the Global Lounge Collection, the only credit card airport lounge access program that includes proprietary lounge locations around the world.
  • Receive complimentary benefits with an average total value of $550 with Fine Hotels & Resorts. Learn More.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit, up to $200 per calendar year in baggage fees and more at one qualifying airline.
  • Get up to $100 in statement credits annually for purchases at Saks Fifth Avenue on your Platinum Card®. Enrollment required.
  • $550 annual fee.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees
Intro APR on Purchases
N/A
Regular APR
N/A
Annual Fee
$550
Balance Transfer Fee
See Terms
Recommended Credit
Excellent/Good
Terms and restrictions apply. See rates & fees.

Editorial Disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

Disclaimer: The responses below are not provided or commissioned by the bank advertiser. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser’s responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.