United States plans on banning large electronics on flights from some Muslim nationsPor Orquidea Banes Mar 21, 2017
It means all laptops, cameras, tablets, e-readers, portable DVD players, electronic gaming devices and travel printers or scanners will have to be kept in the cargo hold for the duration of the flight.
The original tweet said the restrictions came "following instructions from concern USA departments".
The enhanced security regulations will only apply to passengers traveling on all US-bound airlines from 10 airports across eight countries in the Middle East and Africa, including Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.
Officials confirmed to CBS News a temporary ban would forbid any electronic devices larger than a cell phone from traveling inside the cabin on flights from eight Middle Eastern and North African countries.
Saudi media reported that the civil aviation authority had informed airlines flying from the kingdom's (Saudi) airports to United States airports of the latest measures from USA security agencies in which passengers must store laptops and tablets in baggage.
According to the official, no American carriers are impacted by the ban.
Passengers on some USA -bound foreign airline flights will have to check electronic devices larger than a cell phone once US authorities formalize a new ban in response to an unspecified terrorism threat, USA officials told Reuters on Monday.
Royal Jordanian Airlines said in a tweet on Monday that USA -bound passengers would be barred from carrying most electronic devices aboard aircraft starting Tuesday at the request of US officials, including those that transit through Canada.
A second USA official says the ban will affect nine airlines in total, and the Transportation Security Administration will inform the affected airlines at 3 a.m. In total, these airlines operate about 50 direct flights to the USA every day.
A USA official said the ban on some electronics is believed to be related to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
It's a particular concern at these airports because of screening issues and the possibility of terrorists infiltrating authorized airport personnel, the official said. Crew members, by the way, are exempted from this ban, likely because they now often use tablets for their flight planning and for pulling up airport and navigation charts. The bomber was killed and a hole was blown in the side of the fuselage. And, a bomb on a Somali plane exploded mid-flight in February 2016, killing only the bomber.
Also not immediately clear were how many airlines or airports a possible electronics restriction might affect.
Officials would not discuss the "security implications" of storing consumer electronics in the airplane's cargo rather than the cabin.
Aviation safety experts and regulatory agencies have long warned about that batteries shipped in bulk could cause a fire and spark a chain reaction that could bring down an aircraft.
The Trump administration has worked with the FAA to distribute best practices to the airlines to safely handle the electronics, an official said.
"That could present a threat for me because usually in my country people advice not to leave their valuables in the check-in luggage because of people stealing", said Boudellier.
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