Limits on Devices for Passengers Traveling from Certain Countries

 March 21, 2017

TO:  Vice Presidents, Vice Provosts, Deans, Directors, Department Heads, and Managers
FROM:  Kyle Cavanaugh, Vice President for Administration, Emergency Coordinator
RE:  Limits on Devices for Passengers Traveling from Certain Countries

The Department of Homeland Security has announced that, effective Friday, March 24, passengers traveling on direct flights to the United States from ports of departure in Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the UAE will be required to place any electronic devices larger than a smartphone in checked baggage prior to boarding U.S.-bound flights. Electronic medical devices and smartphones will be allowed with carry-on luggage. 

The new order affects the following airports:

Abu Dhabi International (UAE)
Cairo International (Egypt)
Dubai International (UAE)
Hamad International (Doha, Qatar)
Istanbul Ataturk (Turkey)
King Abdulaziz International (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia)
King Khalid International (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
Kuwait International 
Mohammed V International (CAS, Casablanca, Morocco)
Queen Alia International (Amman, Jordan). 

At this time, to minimize delays or disruption to travel, please consider placing large electronic items in checked luggage in anticipation of the ban’s implementation. Use only Transportation Security Administration (TSA)-approved measures to secure valuable electronics in checked luggage. 

If you have any other questions about the implications of this rule, please contact Christy Parrish Michels, travel policy administrator, at Thank you.