The Gadget Ban: What You Can and Cannot Carry

In case you may not heard of it, the governments of The USA and The UK have imposed new bans against bringing certain electronic devices aboard flights to and from several outlined countries in the Middle East.

The USA ban affects planes that are coming in from the airports of these specific locations: Cairo, Istanbul, Kuwait City, Doha in Quatar, Casablanca in Morocc, Amman in Jordan, Riyadh and Jeddah in Saudi Arabi, Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the UAE.

The UK ban will affect travelers on direct flights to the UK from Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia.

At least ten airlines are participating in this gadget ban. Here are some of them: Emirates, Etihad, Turkish Airlines, EgyptAir, Saudia (Saudi Arabian Airlines), Royal Jordanian, Kuwait Airways, Qatar Airways, and Royal Air Maroc. Airlines. As this is quite serious in nature, it’s best to be informed.

So today, we’re providing you with a clear idea of the gadgets that you can bring in and those you’d have to check in.


  • Smartphones smaller than 6.9 inches in width or length
  • Portable gaming systems smaller than 6.9 inches
  • Wearable devices like smartwatches and fitness trackers
  • Small music playing devices like iPods

Not Allowed:

  • Tablets
  • Laptops
  • eReaders
  • Devices that measures more than 16 cm x 9.3 cm
  • Portable gaming devices more than 6.9 inches like the Nintendo Switch and The Nintendo 3DS
  • Portable DVD Players

There isn’t any news on how long the gadget ban is going to remain in effect. There is, of course, much concern about those who travel for business. Some of the airlines who have agreed to hold the gadget ban have also expressed that laptops and the like will not be insured. Although, it is best to review your chosen airline’s rules on checked luggage to confirm whether or not you will be compensated in case of loss or damage to your gadgets.

Travelers are suggested to be prepared to check in any extra gadgets that measure larger than a standard smartphone. To avoid any nasty surprises, it’s best to read up and even check into the airport hours ahead of the expected time of allowance. Those travelling to and from the USA need to be aware that their Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has already started the gadget ban.

If you are headed to the USA from any of the specified locations tied to the gadget ban, it’s best that you take extra care of packing your tech gear in your suitcase. We suggest making use of bubble wrap or soft foam before placing it inside a harder case. If you could, it’s best to cocoon your gadgets among your clothing.

It is important to back up all your data before going on a trip to ensure against any loss.

If you haven’t been fond of using luggage locks, it’s best to make use of TSA approved ones. It’s also best to encrypt or password protect your gadgets just in case it does disappear en route.

The UK will place its gadget ban in effect by Saturday (March 25). It is good news that medical devices are not included in the ban.