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USA bans large electronic devices on flights from some Mideast countries

21 March 2017, 02:45 | Austin Hogan

USA bans large electronic devices on flights from some Mideast countries

USA bans large electronic devices on flights from some Mideast countries

"Al Riyadh" newspaper, a pro-government Saudi newspaper, confirmed the ban would affect flights out of its main airports, and its civil aviation authority informed "airlines flying from (Saudi) airports to U.S. airports of the latest measures from United States security agencies in which passengers must store laptops and tablets" in checked baggage.

The news broke after Royal Jordanian Airlines posted a tweet informing travelers of the changes, but later deleted the tweet.

The TSA deferred comment to the Department of Homeland Security, which sent press the following statement: "We have no comment on potential security precautions, but will provide any update as appropriate".

The US government is temporarily barring passengers on certain flights originating in eight Middle East countries from bringing laptops, iPads, cameras, and most other electronics in carry-on luggage - but has seemingly not informed some of the largest affected airlines. No U.S. airline is affected by the ban because none now operates direct flights to and from the above destinations. The airlines then followed up with another tweet saying further updates would be announced soon. Passengers would be allowed to carry larger devices in their checked luggage.

Fliers can still travel with these items, but they must be packed in their checked baggage. The countries affected are Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, the UAE, Qatar, and Kuwait. "The official told CNN that there is a security concern regarding passengers boarding nonstop flights to the US from some specific countries".

The ban will affect over 50 flights from 10 airports, including major global hubs like Dubai and Istanbul, according to senior administration officials.

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This includes laptops, cameras, tablets, and DVD players. Officials said the airports were selected based on the "current threat picture".

"Just evaluating all the intelligence, we believe that the threat is still prominent against aircraft and airports", an official said.

There are also flights at Miami International Airport from the Middle East. "My father-in-law has a heart issues, so it's always good to have devices because we have to keep track of them", said Hannah Salman.

Some airlines have been known to ban the use of certain electronics during flights, like the explosion-prone Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and certain hoverboards.

"The restrictions are in place due to evaluated intelligence and we think it's the right thing to do and the right places to do it to secure the safety of the traveling public", one U.S. official said.



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