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US - Kenya direct flights soon?

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Just read that it will be Kenya Airways out of JFK in NYC starting as early as May, but there are still approvals needed by the US Govt. If I can find the article again on Facebook, I'll post it.

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Better hope that Kenya Airways is not one of the airlines that US customs will ban travelers from carrying cameras into the US in carry on luggage...

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Yes, @@ZaminOz, that will really hamper the success of this right out of the gate!

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Better hope that Kenya Airways is not one of the airlines that US customs will ban travelers from carrying cameras into the US in carry on luggage...

 

So far flights from Nairobi / Kenya have not been listed in the ban - I sure hope they are not in the future!

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The laptop/ Camera ban only applies to non- stop flights to the United States from ( not to) 10 airports in 8 countries- of these only Casablanca is technically in Africa. South Africa is likely regarded as a non-threat, so the only other non-stop from Africa to the US i can then NJ of is Ethiopians Washington DC flight which so far is not on the list. So it's anyone's guess if and it's a big if, Kenya air starts non-stop NBO-JFK service if it will be on the ban list.

Here is more detail/speculation on the Kenya Air possible US non-stop:

http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2017/03/19/kenya-airways-new-york/

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Thanks for posting that, @@AKR1. It has more info than what I read this morning. Interesting details about the length of the trip and whether an intermediate fuel stop is needed.

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I can understand the situation with computers ,phones are a risk, cameras I am questioning that

 

cameras should be able to be handed in for a receipt and recovered at the arrivals gare lounge

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I can understand the situation with computers ,phones are a risk, cameras I am questioning that

 

cameras should be able to be handed in for a receipt and recovered at the arrivals gare lounge

@@COSMIC RHINO

You are onto something. I think that's a great idea for all valuable electronics that need to be checked in due to the new US rules to be placed not in the checked bag where the likelihood of theft is high but through a special gate check mechanism where the airlines (and their insurance company) takes responsibility for the goods. I think that could work and benefit the 3 ME carriers as their disadvantage compared to their competition then would be likely limited to business travelers refusing to travel without having access to their laptops for working on the plane.

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Yes - The ban is limited...

 

... for now.

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It appears to be Kenya Airways out of JFK. But perhaps on Delta planes? But not until 2018 anyway.

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It appears to be Kenya Airways out of JFK. But perhaps on Delta planes? But not until 2018 anyway.

 

In the airline business a year is a lifetime...hopefully it is Delta. I fly just Delta and get a ton of points.

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