Rumor: Electronics Ban to Include Flights From Many Popular Vacation Destinations!

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A few months ago, I let you know about the electronics ban on flights to the US from 10 cities.  Now, according to One Mile at a Time, it’s rumored the ban will soon include flights from ALL of Europe!

This isn’t good news for folks who like to use their devices to get work done or watch movies in-flight.  Because if it’s an extension of the current electronics ban, only cell phones, smartphones, and necessary medical equipment will be allowed in the cabin.

In Flight Electronics Ban Europe

If the Rumors Are True, You Won’t Be Able to Use Certain Devices on Flights to the US From Europe!

Here’s what we know so far about the rumored expansion of the in-flight electronics ban.

Expanding the In-Flight Electronics Ban

Link:   Department of Homeland Security Fact Sheet

Link:   Department of Homeland Security FAQ

Link:   Current Electronics Ban on Flights to US From 10 Cities – What You Need to Know

Currently, there is an electronics ban on flights to the US from 10 international airports in the Middle East and North Africa, including Cairo, Istanbul, Dubai, and more.

And now, there’s a rumor that the ban will be extended to include flights originating from Europe!

The current ban includes devices like:

  • Laptops
  • Tablets
  • E-Readers (like Kindles)
  • Cameras
  • Portable DVD players
  • Electronic game units larger than a smartphone
  • Travel printers or scanners

So if the ban is indeed extended, you won’t be able to read e-books or use your computer to watch movies on those long flights across the pond.  That will be especially inconvenient for folks traveling for work or for those with small children, who use devices to keep their kids occupied!

In Flight Electronics Ban Europe

Large Cameras Are Included in the Current In-Flight Electronics Ban Too!

I’d also bet there are MANY more folks traveling from Europe than from the original 10 international airports included in the ban.  So this change will affect a LOT more people!

But if you’re planning a trip to Europe, you could consider looking for a flight that connects through Canada.

For example, you could fly with Air Canada, and connect through cities like Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, or Vancouver.

Air Canada is part of the Star Alliance.  This means you book flights to Europe on partner airlines like Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa, LOT Polish Airlines, and more!  You can also use United Airlines miles to book award tickets to and from Europe with the same Star Alliance partners.

AMEX Membership Rewards points transfer to Air Canada, and Chase Ultimate Rewards points transfer to United Airlines at a 1:1 ratio.  Plus, you can transfer Starwood points at a 1:1 ratio to both of these airlines.  So you have a few options.

Keeping Your Checked Electronics Safe

If you’ve already booked your flight and can’t re-route it, or can’t avoid flying direct from Europe to the US, make sure your checked electronic equipment is insured against possible losses.

Credit cards often offer coverage for lost or damaged luggage.  Citi has the most generous policy.

If you have certain cards, for example, like the Citi Prestige or Citi AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard, Citi will pay up to $3,000 ($2,000 for New York residents) per “Covered Traveler” or up to $10,000 for all Covered Travelers, and there are no restrictions on electronics or computers.

Check back soon for a more in-depth post about keeping your checked electronics safe and insured.

Bottom Line

It’s rumored that the recent in-flight electronics ban will soon be extended to include flights originating in Europe.

For now, this is just a rumor.  But given the amount of press it’s getting, I’d expect to hear an announcement about it soon!  And we’ll keep you posted when we know more.

If the rumor turns out to be true, what do you think about it?  Do you feel safer knowing that an electronics ban is in place?

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9 responses to “Rumor: Electronics Ban to Include Flights From Many Popular Vacation Destinations!

  1. I was told on one flight that I could not check my laptop computer because of the lithium ion batteries it had. It is interesting that forcing everyone to check their electronic items with those batteries is now OK

    • Good point, Tom. In addition, I only travel with a cabin luggage (never a hold luggage), even for trips of 21+ days, and an electronics ban to/from all of Europe would require me to make my cabin bag a hold bag and defeats many benefits of using only a cabin bag. With my laptop with me in my cabin luggage, I know it’s safe and secure but in a hold luggage, it is more likely to be broken/damaged thereby preventing me from working when I arrive at my destination.
      Wonder if it’s just better to ship the laptop to my destination.

      • Both good points! I think this will be a big inconvenience for lots of folks. Especially if you normally pack light and don’t check a bag. Shipping could end up being the way to go, depending on how long these bans end up lasting!

  2. Hummmm, we know how safe things are when packed in checked luggage. This is a license to steal.

  3. If you must check your camera, be sure to pull out your memory cards. Otherwise, you could lose all of your photos from your trip of a lifetime!

  4. This would be great news if they included phones in the ban, thereby forever ending the debate over allowing voice calls during flight. No more pinging video games or kids watching cartoons. Ah, peace and quiet, at least for a few hours.

  5. Nutheads are running the WH/DHS/DI/HHS+Congress+Senate..Let’s drain this swamp in 2018/2020..

  6. As I am based in Europe, I would just avoid traveling to US and go to some friendlier places. I am happy there are more and more flights from Europa straight to South and Central America, so I can avoid US.