•Laptops, Ipads, cameras affected
The United States ( US) has ordered a ban on travelling with large electronic devices from cabin baggage on passenger flights from eight Muslim-majority countries including two from North Africa, and six others from the Middle East.
The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the new immigration measures on Tuesday with nine airlines affected including Royal Jordanian, Egypt Air, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad Airways.
It is required that passengers on some 50 flights a day from some of the busiest hubs in the Middle East, Turkey and North Africa to follow the new rules.
According to the DHS, the directive emanated from.“evaluated intelligence” with explanation that bomb could be hidden inside laptops, tablets, cameras, DVD players and electronic games.
The Department further explained that the measure would affect nine airlines operating out of 10 airports but clarified that phones are exempted from the new rules.
DHS rules specified that large electronic devices would only be allowed on board in checked baggage.
The US officials also confirmed that the affected 10 airlines in eight countries have been given 96 hours, beginning from 07:00 GMT Tuesday, to ban devices bigger than a mobile phone or smartphone from cabins, adding that the measure is indfinite.
To this, the EgyptAir promised it would start implementing the ban this Friday but the Turkish authority said the measure was wrong and should be reversed.
Here are the list of affected airlines:
- Mohammed V International, Casablanca, Morocco
- Ataturk Airport, Istanbul, Turkey
- Cairo International Airport, Egypt
- Queen Alia International, Amman, Jordan
- King Abdulaziz International, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
- King Khalid International, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- Kuwait International Airport
- Hamad International, Doha, Qatar
- Abu Dhabi International, United Arab Emirates
- Dubai International, United Arab Emirates