Nintendo Switch affected by Middle East flight ban

The U.S. and U.K.s recent electronics flight ban affects the Nintendo Switch.

Published Wed, Mar 22 2017 3:18 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:56 AM CST

Flying into the U.S. or U.K. from the Middle East? You may not be able to bring the Nintendo Switch on board with you.

Nintendo Switch affected by Middle East flight ban |

The United States and United Kingdom have recently passed regulations banning electronic devices bigger than a smartphone on specific flights from numerous Middle East countries. The regulation restricts any electronic device, including laptops, smartphones or tablets, exceeding 16cm x 9.3cm x 1.5cm (6.2in x 3.6in x 0.5in).

Sadly, Nintendo's new Switch handheld is bigger than the specific dimensions, clocking in at 9.4in x 4.01in x 0.5in with the JoyCons attached, and 6.8in x 3.8in x 0.5in with the JoyCons detached.

This means Nintendo's Switch console can't be taken on any flights from airports, countries and airlines that are affected by each nation's respective electronics ban.

This is quite disappointing given the Switch is a perfect device for any traveler, and its motility is practically half of its main selling point. The device can be played on-the-go anywhere in two modes, Handheld and Tabletop Mode, and then docked in TV Mode to continue your gaming sessions.

Both the U.K. and U.S. regulations are different and affect different regions.

"The UK ban on any electronic item larger than a normal smartphone applies to all direct passenger flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia," The Guardian reports. "Six UK airlines - British Airways, EasyJet, Jet2, Monarch, Thomas Cook and Thomson - and eight foreign carriers are affected."

As The Guardian reports, the U.S. electronics travel ban affects these countries and aiports:

  • Queen Alia in Jordan
  • Cairo International in Egypt
  • Ataturk International in Turkey
  • King Abudlaziz and King Khalid in Saudi Arabia
  • Kuwait International in Kuwait, Mohammaed V in Morocco
  • Doha International in Qatar
  • Dubai international and Abu Dhabi international in the United Arab Emirates

Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man's Sky with the magic of VR.

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