If you thought TSA’s heightened pat-down security measures sounded like an ordeal, guess again.
On Monday night, the Department of Homeland Security instituted a measure banning any electronic carry-on items “larger than a cellphone” on American-bound flights departing from eight majority muslim countries. That means iPads, handheld gaming devices, laptops, cameras, travel printers and tablets of all models are now checked baggage when departing for American soil from 10 airports across the Middle East and Africa.
Only foreign airlines are affected by the indefinite ban, which takes effect today, per the Trump administration’s directive. The airports included are in the following cities according to the New York Times:
- Amman, Jordan
- Cairo, Egypt
- Istanbul, Turkey
- Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- Kuwait City, Kuwait
- Casablanca, Morocco
- Doha, Qatar
- Dubai, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
In case you’ve never looked at a map, traveling from the Middle East or North Africa to the United States is a long journey. Without the help of your cherished iPad, it might be worthwhile to invest in some serious sleep aides.