Travelers with laptops and smartphones can now take advantage of travel restrictions in Hawaii and other states, allowing them to make more frequent stops, with some airlines offering a “laptop only” option.
Travelers who travel to Hawaii or other states with the option to travel using their phones are being asked to follow these restrictions.
The rules are in place until January 4, 2018, and travelers can use them until then.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) is issuing this guidance to airlines and airports to allow travelers to fly with their laptops and phones only.
Airlines can offer this option for a limited time, but will have to make the change through a special booking process, according to DOT.
The policy is effective for all major U.S. airlines, including American Airlines, Delta, American, United, Virgin America, Southwest, American Eagle, United Continental, JetBlue, Alaska Airlines, Alaska, Frontier, Alaska Express, Frontier Alaska, Northwest Airlines, Northwest, Frontier Hawaii, and Hawaiian Airlines.
The following airports are not allowed to fly to Hawaii with laptops: Hawaii International Airport, Kauai International Airport and Honolulu International Airport.
Travel restrictions will not apply to Hawaii International, Maui International Airport or Kahului International Airport in Hawaii, Mauihi International, and Pahoa International Airport as well as Oahu International Airport (Kilauea) and Oahu- Maui Airport (Honolulu).
The following airlines are not eligible to fly from Honolulu International or Kauai to Hawaii: Hawaiian Airlines, Hawaiian Pacific Airline, Hawaiian Airlines Hawaiian, Hawaiian Airline Hawaiian, Pacific Airways, American Airlines (United), Delta Air Lines, Alaska Air Lines and Hawaiian Airways.
Some airlines are offering the option of flying from Honolulu to Hawaii through an alternative method, including flights from Hawaiian Airlines to Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco International airports.
American Airlines has the option for the same travel option.