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Qatar’s Hamad Int’l airport increases scrutiny of electronic devices

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Hamad International Airport

Starting today, Dec. 21, Doha’s Hamad International Airport (HIA) will see increased security measures for those traveling with phones, laptops and tablet computers.

All passengers carrying items that are battery-operated or electrical may be asked turn the items on at security.

Those unable to turn their devices on may have their possessions removed from them as the items would not be allowed onboard aircraft, HIA officials have confirmed to Doha News.

Airport authorities have not explained the reason for the increased security, nor made any public announcement regarding the change.

Travel advisory

However, travel agencies and airlines have been warning passengers about the security procedure by posting fliers on social media and e-mailing their customer bases.

The security measure is one found in many airports internationally.

Here, some passengers said they have already been asked to turn on their devices, but that their devices were not confiscated by officials.

https://twitter.com/NeilMoors1/status/546562956751036417

US measures

At HIA, stricter security measures are usually taken when passengers fly directly to the US.

In July, scrutiny was increased further for US-bound passengers in Doha after American authorities asked international airports to up vigilance following a possible threat.

At the time, measures included more checks of passengers’ personal property and clothing.

However, HIA officials said today that the new security procedures at the airport are being applied as a general rule for all travelers, irrespective of their destinations.

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desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago

Every time I see that bear I cringe.

Observant One
Observant One
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

Why? I see it as a true indication of the mental age of the locals…..

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Observant One

true that.

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

Not as “awesome” or mature as your hazing rituals right? Maybe removing that carrot from your backside will help you not be so anally retentive.

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

What?

Expat
Expat
6 years ago
Reply to  Observant One

Hardy har har! Moron!

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  Observant One

Nothing pleases you guys, You need to interpret art and look at it in many different ways to understand it, Not mock it. :/

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

This guy is an unemployable bum out of Qatar, you shouldn’t aim to please him.

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

Art? LOL Do you even know the story behind it? Didn’t think so.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

Just like beauty, Art is in the eye of the beholder, It’s how you interpret it and how you look at it is what makes it, To answer your question, The meaning behind the bear is “Brightly celebrates the object that defines a young child” That’s from the artist himself, Not representing the mental age of of Qatari locals or some degrading stuff you guys spout.

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

NO the story of why its HERE. Yeah and some artist splashes a few colors of paint on a white canvas, calls it art and waxes on philosophically on how it represents mans struggle against society and people go oooh, aaaaah and the artist goes snicker snicker cashing the check.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

The story of why the bear is presented in the airport? Pretty simple, It’s a cool piece of art to look at as you do your commute to the plane, They paid a lot for it? Sure, It’s their money and they can decide what to do with it, It’s not your call to be insulting Qatar’s locals and call them Mental. And clearly you do not respect art, So i’m not even gonna start with whats wrong with that.

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

LOL you have no clue.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

Great response, Now enough wasting my time with trash like you lol.

Anonymous
Anonymous
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

عزيزي .. هذا انسان واطي و منحط لا يشكر النعمه ولا يقدر الجهود المبذوله ..لا تضيع وقتك معه

Misha
Misha
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

That happens everywhere some ppl buy art because it is pretty, others because the artist is famous, others because it is a discussion piece or controversial or as an investment. I hate to break it to you, the person or institution that buys the work gets to decide if it is art to them. The Louvre pyramid was not well received by all.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  Misha

But i love the design of The Louvre pyramid!

Misha
Misha
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

Me too, but it was a controversial.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  Misha

Oh yeah, Because the 666 thing?

Misha
Misha
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

Because some think the modern structure clashes with the traditional Louvre museum building.

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

“Brightly celebrates the object that defines a young child”

What does that even mean?

Means if I tell you in ecoteric speak and make you believe it, you’ll buy it.

I’m sorry but some of the “art” that Qatar invests in is just weird at times. Pushes the envelope for sure but it comes off as just “pushing the envelope” with no real understanding and no real harmony.

Gonna love driving down Dukhan Rd and my art show is the uterus of a woman. With all the WC drama unfolding what do they do? Erect a statue in honor of a man who did one of the most DIShonorable things in WC history. And the Bear, while “Brightly celebrating the object that defines a young child”, has no relevance here in Qatar. Qataris are so paranoid of losing their identity and what do they do? They put the symbol of a western child, not a Qatari, not even an Arab, as the main “draw” of the airport.

Really don’t mean to bash, just what I see.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

A teddy bear is a symbol for all children, Not just western,
And to the above, Refer to my first comment :^)

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

Yes the children of the bedouin ancestry were all carrying around teddy bears.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

They probably weren’t carrying teddy bears, But i’m not speaking about ancestry, I’m talking about present day, Why do you always love to get carried away.

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

Then there’s nothing to worry about. Qatar can just adopt Asian, European and American societies as their own. Nothing in the country needs to express their ancestry. My fault.

Misha
Misha
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

You are so right! Societies never borrowed, adopted or celebrated aspects from other cultures! You saved me from having pizza tonight and turning into an Italian! Thank you!!

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  Misha

I think it’s safe to say, That whoever ‘desertCard’ is, He needs help and therapy for his illogical way of thinking and we should all just stop feeding him anymore, He’s beyond reach at this point haha.

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Misha

Not sure where you’re from but if not from HERE you’re probably not so paranoid about losing your national/ancestral identity. And I understand that paranoid I guess. My point was that the crown jewel of projects so far here should reflect that identity. Not something borrowed. An Arabian Horse would have been perfect. but please not a stuffed, evil looking creature.

Misha
Misha
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

Yes i wish there are more cultural elements visible throughout Qatar especially through preservation rather than re-creation. However, i don’t agree with your view that everything has to be about culture. Show me one culture that has not changed throughout its existence in history. Culture goes hand and hand with history and evolves as a society changes its norms due to the current circumstances.

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Misha

I’m not saying everything just something. Most everything is shiny new buildings and in my opinion, for what it is worth, is that the focal point of the airport, where millions of people transit thru each year, is a prime location to highlight something Qatari or Gulf Arab, not a teddy bear. Again it’s my opinion that’s all.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

There you go, Getting carried away with off topic things, A simple true statement like Todays qatari children do have teddybears, Gets twisted into not wanting to express our ancestry, You have deep psychological problems ya 3am

Anonymous
Anonymous
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

perfect example of Arab non-GCC hatred. Bravo ,, it’s obvious for everyone now.

Misha
Misha
6 years ago
Reply to  Observant One

And your comment displays your mental age.

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Observant One

I don’t care much for the bear, but your comment reveals more about your mental maturity than anything else.I bet you find it amusing when you see Ancient Greek sculptures too because their “pee pee” is on display for all to see, so amusing that you can’t resist the urge to put your mouth on the genital region and take pictures for your mates to appreciate your “hilarious” photos of you and the “wog” peepee man.

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

LOL and this response is YOUR mental maturity? You too funny.

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

Go lock up some journalists ya ibn el sharmouta

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

meshee ya walid el-khinzir

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

Ahlik el khanazeer yal maskhara. Roo7 irj3 biladik. Clown.

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

oink

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

Yes, the noise you guys make when you molest your women for demanding their rights.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  Saleem

haha you’re too funny man, That’s exactly how i see him as well -_- shame.

Saleem
Saleem
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

Sad thing is it is true. You see clowns like him on social media networks posting dumb photos of them simulating sexual acts with statues among other things. That’s their idea of being funny.

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago
Reply to  Observant One

why do Australians harvest so much hate? dude leave already..

kdineshl
kdineshl
6 years ago
Reply to  Observant One

Inappropriate. Your comment is very illustrative about your mental health…

MN
MN
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

Every time I see that bear I feel like napping.

Michael Fryer
Michael Fryer
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

The purpose of that bear was to evoke a reaction. Mission: accomplished.

Like it, loathe it, or be perplexed by it… everyone is talking about it.

A $10 million Monet oil painting on a wall in that airport would barely get a second glance.

Misha
Misha
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

I have different ideas of what i consider art and what that money could have been spent on, but you know what, everytime i pass that thing there are several ppl taking pictures of it and with it. It is attention grabbing and has become iconic for the airport, so that i can appreciate.

ShabinaKhatri
ShabinaKhatri
6 years ago
Reply to  Misha

The bear has nothing to do with this story, people!

A_qtr
A_qtr
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

admit it … you took a pic of your kid with it.. didn’t you.. come one… admit it… your kid loved it.. and your cringed at the fact that your kid loved something in doha… made you sick inside… cause your just a very angry little man… who wants to be anywhere buy here …. but nothing beats the tax free pay check you get… yal maseri

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  A_qtr

No my kid thinks it’s weird. Like makes no sense, has no relevance to Qatar and is really ugly to boot.

I pay my taxes.

It’s Masri not Maseri.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

Omg! you’re masri LOL and i’m here hours trying to have a rational argument with you.. 7mdla wl shkr.

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

I gave you the clue dufus.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

edeelo wa 3abeelo

Anonymous
Anonymous
6 years ago
Reply to  Althani

edeeloo bil gazma 3ala wisho LOL .. ma9ri w ytklm

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  Anonymous

5ala yakel zaga gbl ma iysafroona ma9r 3shan yt5anath mnak

Anonymous
Anonymous
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

Malak enta yalaa ,, ebn el fool wil 6a3mya bytklm 3n asyado.

MN
MN
6 years ago

“increased security measures for those traveling with phones, laptops and tablet computers.”

Breaking News: EVERYONE travels with a phone, which means a slower scanning process and endless lines… Awesome news for people worried about holidays-induced congestion at the airport.

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  MN

yay for more security.

Scarletti
Scarletti
6 years ago
Reply to  MN

only doing what the rest of the world has been doing for over 6 months !

dubious
dubious
6 years ago
Reply to  Scarletti

It makes a refreshing change from the usual knee-jerk response other gov departments favour.

Rebecca Wyatt
Rebecca Wyatt
6 years ago

I was randomly selected for screening at the Dubai airport on the 19th and had to turn on my phone but not my laptop or Kindle.

Onskie
Onskie
6 years ago

It was fine because nowadays, gadgets are used as bomb explosives..
it is for our own safety so we must follow the rules 🙂

Yacine
Yacine
6 years ago

I know it is off topic but I have to say it. Why is this post turning into a fight between some expats and locals? Guys I think it is absolutely fine to criticize Qatar but some of the comments here are quite insulting and this is not fair. Let’s not forget, with all the negative things, Qatar is a beautiful place and we are earning a decent salary from it. So let’s just keep our criticism polite 🙂

desertCard
desertCard
6 years ago
Reply to  Yacine

Respect garners respect. 2 way street as always.

Anonymous
Anonymous
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

شكلك متربي فالشارع واضح انك من ال5ملايين مصري ابن حرام .. لو خيروني بين جزمتي و بينك اختار جزمتي يا واطي

Althani
Althani
6 years ago
Reply to  desertCard

It’s a one way street, No one wants to respect you.

the ben dover show
the ben dover show
6 years ago

the reporter did not even bother to ask somehow the airport authorities to verify?

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