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US Bans Personal Electronic Devices on Non-Stop Flights to US from Mideast and Africa

Electronics banned from cabins on some Middle Eastern and African flights to U.S. : Airlines that fly from evident countries in the Middle East and Africa to the United States will soon demand passengers to check in all if not some of their electronic devices than to carry them into the cabin said a U.S. official. Also stating that this will affect some airlines flying into the U.S.

There is a safety concern regarding passengers boarding nonstop flights to the U.S. from particular countries, which is a factor to checking in their electronic devices when boarding. The ban on certain electronics alleged to be related to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula or AQAP. AQAP has been enthusiastically trying to build bombs that contain little or no metal content to target commercial aircraft. To date, they are the only terror organization that has shown a marked effort to try to attack airlines, the officials said.

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration includes a ban on laptops and tablets in carry-on luggage on flights to the U.S, which will take effect Wednesdays according to officials.

The US Has Banned Laptops and Tablets on Flights from Major Middle Eastern Airports

The US is banning passengers from bringing laptops, tablet computers, and other electronic devices as carry-on items on uninterrupted flights from 10 airports in the Middle East and North Africa, all countries being U.S. allies:

  • Hamad International Airport, Doha, Qatar

  • Dubai International Airport, UAE

  • Abu Dhabi International Airport, UAE

  • Ataturk International Airport, Istanbul, Turkey

  • Queen Alia International Airport, Amman, Jordan

  • Cairo International Airport, Egypt

  • King Abdul Aziz International Airport, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

  • King Khalid International Airport, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

  • Mohammed V Airport, Casablanca, Morocco

  • Kuwait International Airport, Kuwait

The ban was publicized Monday after two Middle Eastern airlines began telling passengers about the new constraints. A representative of Saudi Arabian Airlines told BuzzFeed News that the ban begins immediately applied to all flights headed to the US, and covers all electronic devices, excluding cell phones. The U.S. Transportation Security Administration said airlines would have 96 hours to obey with the new rules and the ban would remain in place until "the threat changes."

US Bans Personal Electronic Devices on Non-Stop Flights to US from Mideast and Africa

The US government has commanded to nine foreign airlines in the Middle East and Africa that electronic devices larger than cellphones, will be banned from entering the passenger cabinets and will have to be packed in their checked baggage to their final destination. Donald Trump government officials said that starting Tuesday morning, airlines flying non-stop to the United States from Amman (Jordan), Cairo (Egypt), Istanbul (Turkey), Kuwait City (Kuwait), Jeddah and Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), Casablanca (Morocco), Doha (Qatar), Dubai and Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) will have to implement this additional security measure in the coming 96 hours.

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