U.S. imposes electronics ban on some flights

U.S. imposes electronics ban on some flights

U.S. imposes electronics ban on some flights

Passengers would be allowed to carry larger devices such as tablets, portable DVD players, laptops and cameras in their checked luggage.

The new rule is expected to be announced by Monday night by the Department of Homeland Security, the officials said, adding that it had been under consideration since the United States government learnt of a threat several weeks ago.

The 10 global airports covered by the ban are in Cairo, Egypt; Dubai and Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.; Istanbul; Doha, Qatar; Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City; Casablanca, Morocco; and Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The United States is banning all electronics larger than a smartphone on incoming flights from certain airports in eight Middle Eastern countries, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced in a press release sent to media outlets earlier today.

Airlines have reportedly been given 96 hours to comply with the request.

The officials said no American carriers were affected by the ban, which would involve devices larger than a cell phone.

Royal Jordanian Airlines pointed out in a tweet that medical devices were excluded from the ban but said everything else would need to be packed into checked luggage.

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.

In the absence of specific details, the restriction appears to be an enhancement of requirements in July 2014 that required travelers to turn on electronics before boarding overseas headed to the U.S.

A U.S. official said the ban on some electronics is believed to be related to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

Around 50 flights per day from the selected airports will be affected by the new rules, impacting thousands of passengers. Another one said the edict distributed in a confidential email from the US Transportation Safety Administration would affect 13 nations.

Last year, a bomb at Brussels worldwide airport killed 32 people and injured many more.

In February 2016, a bomb hidden inside a laptop detonated aboard a Daallo Airlines flight out of Mogadishu, Somalia.

The new ban affects some of the largest airlines at the busiest hubs in the world. In the wake of the 2016 attack on Istanbul Ataturk, the FAA temporarily banned all flights from that airport to the USA, for example, so it's not unprecedented for the US government to take this kind of action.

Under the new restrictions, the electronic devices - many of which have lithium ion batteries - will now be carried in the belly cargo deck of the airplane, underneath the passenger cabin.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) warned past year of the "potential risk of a catastrophic aircraft loss due to damage resulting from a lithium battery fire or explosion".

Two Boeing 747 crashes - a UPS freighter in 2010 and an Asiana Cargo plane in 2011 - happened after fires broke out in the cargo holds.

But electronics spread out across a person's luggage pose far less of a threat than palettes of lithium batteries, according to a USA aviation official. The officials did not name the other countries.

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