In Act 3 of the security theater of the electronics ban, international airports are now being let off the list of locations where US-bound flights are required to put all electronics bigger than a cell phone into checked luggage (even a Kindle!). The airlines now permitted to arrive with electronics in the main are:
- Emirates Air (Dubai, UAE)
- Eithad Airways (Abu Dhabi, UAE)
- Kuwait Airways (Kuwait City, Kuwait)
- Royal Jordanian (Amman, Jordan)
- Qatar Airways (Doha, Qatar)
- Turkish Airways (Istanbul, Turkey)
The airlines still restricted are:
- EgyptAir (Cairo, Egypt)
- Royal Air Maroc (Casablanca, Morocco)
- Saudia Arabian Airlines (Jeddah, Saudia Arabia)
Back in May there was a brief worry that the ban would be expanded and members of the administration hinted at more potential terrorism. All the while, airlines were worried of lithium ion batteries exploding in cargo holds, causing more likely damage. In the end, the rumor that there would be security increases to get off the list came true and we can now fly “safely” from these countries back to the US.
The whole thing is really unfortunate as TSA agents are failing at their jobs 95% of the time that it actually matters. Here’s hoping we can figure this stuff out in the US soon.