US to Ban Large Electronic Devices on Flights from Eight Majority-Muslim Countries

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The American government is set to ban large electronic devices such as laptops and cameras in the cabin on flights from eight Middle Eastern countries according to media reports. No American carriers are impacted by the ban, which involves any device larger than a mobile phone.

The ban would stop passengers bringing laptops, iPads and cameras in carry-on luggage and will possibly effect at least 12 airlines.

It is thought to apply to flights from ten airports in eight countries which are believed to include Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

The reason for the ban was not immediately clear. David Lapan, a spokesman for Homeland Security Department has declined to comment regarding the matter. The Transportation Security Administration, part of Homeland Security, has also passed on the opportunity to comment on the ban.

The Royal Jordanian Airlines has point out that medical devices were excluded from the ban. Everything else, the airline said, would need to be packed in checked luggage.

“Following instructions from the concerned US departments, we kindly inform our dearest passengers departing to and arriving from the United States that carrying any electronic or electrical device on board the flight cabins is strictly prohibited,” the airline tweeted.

“Prohibited devices, including for instance laptops, tablets, cameras, DVD players and electronic games … etc, can be carried in the checked baggage only.”

The move comes a week after Donald Trump’s second bid to curb travel from a group of Muslim-majority nations was blocked by the courts.

Source: Aljazeera, Reuters

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