The Trump administration has banned all electronic devices larger than a mobile phone from carry-on luggage from 8 countries.
In an effort to fight terrorism, the ban is recommended by administration to due “innovative methods” of terrorists from middle-eastern countries to cause turmoil in the US.
Tablets, game devices, laptops, e-readers cameras and portable DVD players are among devices now prohibited from flights. Medical devices are exempt from this rule.
The countries affected are Kuwait, Morocco, Egypt, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
The US issued a 96-hour warning to the following 8 airports who have passengers boarding flights to American airports:
- Cairo International Airport (CAI) – Egypt
- Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) – Jordan
- Kuwait International Airport (KWI) – Kuwait
- Mohammed V Airport (CMN) – Morocco
- Hamad International Airport (DOH) – Qatar
- King Abdul-Aziz International Airport (JED) – Saudi Arabia
- King Khalid International Airport (RUH) – Saudi Arabia
- Ataturk International Airport (IST) – Turkey
- Dubai International Airport (DXB) – United Arab Emirates
- Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) – United Arab Emirates
However, flights departing from the US will not be affected by the new rule.
Great Britain has been briefed by the US intelligence agencies and is looking to follow in the US’s footsteps, according to British Need outlet The Telegraph. Aviation security oppose the new ban because of the risk it poses for passengers with theft, as well as other loopholes around it.
“If this was a credible threat, I think they would be looking at other airports. Because, why couldn’t you fly from Doha, for example, into Zurich, and from Zurich across [to the US] … there are ways to get around it,” Travis Jensen, Aviation Consultant stated.
This move is precendented when Great Britian tried a similar ban in 2006, however bag theft grew expediously, stopping the ban.
An attempt to quietly issue this executed order was leaked yesterday due to Royal Jordanian airline tweeting a now-deleted tweet of compliance with the new rule.
As of now, no official statement has been released by the department of homeland security and is expected to be released today. The restriction is expected to last for months.
SOURCE: AL JEZEERA