Spotted: First Physical Evidence of Extended Electronics Ban

May 12, 2017

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Update 5/12/2017: DHS spokesman David Lapan tweeted about the sign, saying that the DHS has not made a decision about expanding the electronics ban:


Here’s one more indication that the European electronics ban is a reality. A photo was taken at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) and posted on FlyerTalk of a Delta Air Lines notice to passengers, reading:

“Attention international passengers. Effective May 12 passengers will only be permitted to carry a cell phone on board flights returning to the United States. All other personal electronic devices will be required to be checked.”

There are very limited details at this point, but based on the wording, it seems like this ban might apply to locations beyond Europe.

We reached out to Delta and the carrier responded:

“This was posted in error in this market and should be down now. Thanks for sharing!”

Background: In the past few weeks, there have been rumors that travelers returning to the US from Europe would need to check their laptops. The rumors suggested this would be an extension of the current ban on electronics for flights coming from certain Middle Eastern and African countries.

Check back with TPG, as we’ll update this story regularly. 

Additional reporting by JT Genter.

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