New American Laws on Photography Carry-On!

JFK Control Tower

Alright, this one's going to be short and sweet.  A couple of weeks ago the United States (and subsequently the UK) enacted new laws regarding electronic devices being carried onto planes.  Unfortunately when I heard this it was initially from an uneducated source, and my mind went running a million miles a minute because I routinely fly through JFK and a number of American airports.  I personally am not a fan of traveling anywhere without my carry-on stocked with (at a minimum) everything I need to be capable of covering at least two days' worth of events.  People, myself included, were running the rumor mill crazy with what that will mean for our industry and personal security.

However, upon some investigation it turns out the rules were presented as a response to the concern for developing terrorist threats from a handful of Middle Eastern countries.  Whether or not you agree with the justification or implication of such rules, you can probably agree that the geopolitical climate has changed drastically over the past two decades, and that aircraft concerns have been of particular and recurring interest to public safety.  The rules presently reflect only a small number of select airlines and airports that thankfully will only affect people traveling from the Middle East into the US and UK, and presently doesn't change anything with flying from other areas of the world.

Here's a list of the affected airlines:

  • Royal Jordanian
  • Egypt Air
  • Turkish Airlines
  • Saudi Arabian Airlines
  • Kuwait Airways
  • Royal Air Maroc
  • Qatar Airways
  • Emirates
  • Etihad Airways

And also a select number of airports:

  • Mohammed V International, Casablanca, Morocco
  • Ataturk Airport, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Cairo International Airport, Egypt
  • Queen Alia International, Amman, Jordan
  • King Abdulaziz International, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  • King Khalid International, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Kuwait International Airport
  • Hamad International, Doha, Qatar
  • Abu Dhabi International, United Arab Emirates
  • Dubai International, United Arab Emirates

The guys at Cinema5D even note that:

The UK has now also implemented similar restrictions on inbound flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia, and even affects airlines such as British Airways and EasyJet.

Feel free to read a more in-depth detailing of the changes at the following link, and hopefully one day we'll see a world where this is no longer a major concern.

The Guardian

BBC

Feel free to let me know where you stand on the matter, I'm not entirely sure how I feel about it all myself, and honestly question how much such measures are actually capable of achieving. But I'm hardly a subject matter expert, so I look forward to your perspectives!

-Wes.