What you need to know about the new air travel device restrictions

The latest Trump travel madness? A device ban. And not just a device ban! But a device ban for certain flights, from certain countries, for certain devices.
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The latest Trump travel madness? A device ban. And not just a device ban! But a device ban for certain flights, from certain countries, for certain devices. It's insane. But we're gonna unpack it for you. Here's the deal:

What flights are affected?

So, first off: domestic travel inside the United States and international flights originating from the United States are not affected.

Nothing's changed about what you can take on those flights, so carry on (literally).

The new rules apply to 10 specific international airports-"certain last point of departure airports to the United States"-according to the Department of Homeland Security.

It gets even crazier. The new rules apply to nine specific airlines, so even if you're a US citizen flying back from a vacation or business trip, if you're on these airlines, out of the above airports, the ban still applies to you.

The 10 airports flagged were picked based on gathered intelligence. The DHS says that the airports affected could change, including US airports, depending on that intelligence. The DHS also notes that even if your flight doesn't originate from one of these airports and is just connecting through one of those airports, you'll still need to check those devices.

The UK has followed the US's lead, and also instituted their own similar ban with a lot of overlap. But there are a few minor differences, including airlines and airports affected, as well as the devices that are forbidden. You can check out details of that particular ban here.

What devices are affected?

This one's relatively easy: any electronic device bigger than a smartphone. So, no Kindles, no iPads, no Nintendo Switch. Sorry.

The DHS acknowledges that smart phones can come in different sizes (like the iPhone Plus) but those are allowed.

Read the full article here.


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