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#1 lmonmm

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 11:08 PM

Sorry- can't seem to cut and paste, but an interesting article popped up on CNN Money today- starting tomorrow, certain direct flights to the US from some Middle Eastern countries and certain African countries will not allow any electronics on the planes (in the cabin- they must be in checked baggage) other than a phone. No tablets, e-reader, DVD players, etc are allowed in the cabin. Didn't list which countries. Just wanted to give a heads up. Supposedly this is for a short duration, but who the heck knows as it's officially the loony toons here in the US. And all I kept thinking was that airlines who do long hauls are starting to do away with the back-of-seat screen since everyone brings their own electronics. Ugh- can you imagine a long flight with no distractions?   :(


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 11:43 PM

http://money.cnn.com...id=hp-stack-dom

 

Looks as though it's related to less than stringent screening.  

 

When we flew from Lima to LAX last summer, we had to go through a second intensive screening before boarding... no liquids purchased at the airport could go on the flight. 


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Posted 20 March 2017 - 11:59 PM

@AmyT  Could be, but to insist that someone's laptop or tablet be checked...eek....and in checked baggage...having had something stolen out of my bag in Joburg, I never put anything of value in my checked baggage anymore. Anyway- just wanted to give folks a heads up.


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 11:50 AM

This includes Emirates flights to the US too!!!! UGGGGGHHHHHH


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 01:05 PM

Just read another article this morning and it said cameras as well would not be allowed. From my dead cold fingers they'd have to pry my camera in order to put it in checked luggage. :angry: This kind of thing would absolutely determine which route I'd fly. I have no plans to go anywhere this year, but what a horror show. 


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 01:08 PM

And no CAMERAS! I am so glad I did not book Emirates for my Zambia trip! I would actually have to try to cancel it. I was still considering Emirates but now there is no chance. From what I read, the ban has no specific end date (and even if it did--who's to say it won't be reinstated at some future time?) It will be South African Airways for me, even if more expensive.

 

And what about all those lithium batteries which are not allowed in checked luggage? Will folks have to take the batteries out and carry them on (also not technically allowed, if not protected or in a device.)  Not to mention the theft issue.

 

This is definitely going to cause chaos...


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 01:35 PM

@janzin and others - I have a sneaky feeling that this has more to do with business and competition from those three big airlines and less about security ......... Right now, Emirates is king of the Hill ....... 


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 01:51 PM

I flew Royal brunei to Borneo via dubai and brunei and there were signs everywhere banning the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. But thus new move will cause mayhem!
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Posted 21 March 2017 - 01:51 PM

I flew Royal brunei to Borneo via dubai and brunei and there were signs everywhere banning the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. But thus new move will cause mayhem!
If an experience is amazing enough to be "once in a lifetime," I want to do it every year.
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Posted 21 March 2017 - 02:15 PM

I was in the process of scoping out a Zambia trip for the fall.  This likely will change that.

 

I don't think this has anything to do about business competition as much as it does the person who is now our president making uninformed, ridiculous decisions.


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 02:20 PM

@amybatt you can still easily fly to Zambia on SAA via Joburg. Why change your plans?


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 03:01 PM

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 03:12 PM

and now it looks like the UK is following suit.

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39343971

 

(oops I see this was already posted...can't delete.)


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 03:48 PM

@janzin I was only able to find a flight to Lusaka using miles on Turkish.  This was sort of last minute (for me) and part of what made it possible was using FF miles.  Alas...


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 03:48 PM

What i hear is that cameras would also not be allowed. i also hear that it is a ploy by the US based airlines who are seeing their market share getting eroded by Emirates, Qatar and Etihad.

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 04:26 PM

@janzin I was only able to find a flight to Lusaka using miles on Turkish.  This was sort of last minute (for me) and part of what made it possible was using FF miles.  Alas...

ahh ok now that makes sense. :(


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 04:47 PM

It **appears** as if the UK ban will not affect Ethiad, Emirates, or Qatar. http://www.telegraph...-ipads-flights/


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 04:58 PM

The U.K. ban is departing country based not airline based it would seem. More U.K. airlines are affected than international ones and Etihad, Qatar and Emirates are not on the list so anyone transiting from the U.K. to Africa via the UAE shouldn't be affected.
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Posted 21 March 2017 - 05:25 PM

It **appears** as if the UK ban will not affect Ethiad, Emirates, or Qatar. http://www.telegraph...-ipads-flights/

For now.....!  I sense this will be in flux for awhile.



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Posted 21 March 2017 - 05:31 PM

@janzin Definitely a distinct possibility. And while the UK ban doesn't specifically mention cameras, I'd be hard pushed to find one that fit the dimensions of 16cm long, 9.3cm wide or 1.5cm deep mentioned in the BBC Article. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-39343971







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