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Can I carry electronic devices in the cabin on flights to the US?

As of March 25, 2017, customers traveling on flights from Dubai International Airport to the US are not allowed to carry electronic devices larger than a smartphone, or exceeding 16 x 9.3 x 1.5 centimeters (height x width x depth) in the cabin of the aircraft. This electronics ban does not apply to flights from the US to Dubai, flights from Dubai International Airport to the UK, flights into Australia, flights from Milan (EK205) and Athens (EK209) to the US, or any other routes on the Emirates network.

The electronics ban includes but is not limited to:

  • Laptops
  • Tablets
  • E-readers
  • Cameras (not including detachable camera lenses)
  • Portable DVD players
  • Electronic game units larger than a smartphone
  • Travel printers/scanners

Please note that some devices—including medical devices—are excluded from this ban.

If you are traveling to the US on a nonstop flight from Dubai, please pack all electronic devices larger than a smartphone in your checked baggage to avoid any disruption to your journey.

If you prefer, you can also carry your devices through security to use until boarding. You can then hand your devices over at the gate; we’ll package and label them, give you a unique claim tag, and load the devices onto your flight. On arrival in the US, your devices will be available for pickup from a dedicated area in the baggage hall. You can watch our video to see this service in practice (opens an external website in a new tab).

If you’re transiting through Dubai to the US from another country, you can bring your devices on board for the first leg of your journey.

Please note: Loose lithium-ion batteries cannot be packed into checked luggage, but lithium-ion batteries contained within a device can be transported as checked luggage. In addition, extended power supply units (such as power banks) can be carried with you in the cabin, and electronic cigarettes must be transported as carry-on baggage.

This is in compliance with the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) regulations. More details on what devices are allowed in the cabin can be found on the TSA website (opens an external website in a new tab).

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