Laptops, Other Electronics Banned from Cabins of Some US-Bound Flights

Device cabin ban on some US flights from Mideast

Airline tweet prompts new US security rules speculation

At least 12 Middle Eastern and African airlines will be affected "new security procedures", reported CNN aviation correspondent Jon Ostrower, citing a U.S. official. Instead, they'll have to check them in.

According to Fox News, EgyptAir is among the affected airlines.

Contrary to previous reports, the crackdown affects only travelers flying to the U.S. from these airports.

The airports are in Amman, Jordan; Cairo; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Doha, Qatar; Dubai and Abu Dhabi, both in United Arab Emirates; Istanbul; Casablanca, Morocco; Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

A tweet from the airline's official account listed new rules for all passengers flying in and out of the US that spell horror for anyone who gets bored on long distance journeys.

Passengers on certain airlines will no longer be allowed to carry most electronic devices in flight cabins, according to reports.

Passengers will have to check in any electronic devices bigger than a smartphone.

This includes laptops, cameras, tablets, and DVD players.

Intelligence sources in 2014 suggested that the material for a bomb could be implanted in the battery compartment of a mobile phone or computer.

When will it take effect?

They have 96 hours to fully comply.

While a formal list hasn't yet been released, a U.S. government official told Associated Press ten airports were affected, including two each in Saudia Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

If it is enforced, the restriction would be in direct conflict with the rules for baggage carried in the hold, because lithium batteries are not allowed to be checked due to their risk of catching fire.

Etihad Airways said in a statement on Tuesday that it will continue to work closely with American officials in the United States and at its base in Abu Dhabi, the Emirati capital, but for now its "policies have not changed".

Saudi Arabia's Saudia Airlines has also acknowledged the ban with a notice to passengers that specifically mentions Kindles and iPads, as well as laptops.

The tweet confirming the ban by Royal Jordanian Airlines was however deleted but the firm resorted to saying: 'Further updates will be announced soon regarding (#electronicsban)'.

The reason behind the ban is unclear but on Monday, a USA official told Reuters that it followed a "terrorism threat".

A USA government official told Reuters the ban comes in response to an unspecified terrorism threat.

According to sources who spoke to US media, the decision came as a result of the continuous threats from terrorists. It was deleted shortly afterward, but it prompted the US officials to speak to reporters and announce the planned move.

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