U.S. bans laptops and tablets on flights from eight Middle East countries
The Department of Homeland Security is rolling out new restrictions for carry-on items for U.S.-bound flights from eight Middle East countries. Electronic devices larger than a smartphone are prohibited from being carried onboard flights from nine airlines operating out of 10 airports in eight countries. People flying from these airports will have to stow laptops, e-readers, portable gaming devices, and cameras in their check-in baggage.
The DHS cited attempts in the last two years involving laptop bombs as the reason for the enhanced security measures:
These are the airports where the new restrictions will be enforced:
- Queen Alia International, Amman, Jordan
- Cairo International Airport, Egypt
- Ataturk Airport, Istanbul, Turkey
- King Abdulaziz International, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
- King Khalid International, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
- Kuwait International Airport
- Mohammed V International, Casablanca, Morocco
- Hamad International, Doha, Qatar
- Dubai International, United Arab Emirates
- Abu Dhabi International, United Arab Emirates
The ban doesn't affect any U.S.-based carriers as they do not have direct flights from the airports mentioned above. It does, however, affect these airlines:
- Royal Jordanian
- Egypt Air
- Turkish Airlines
- Saudi Arabian Airlines
- Kuwait Airways
- Royal Air Maroc
- Qatar Airways
- Etihad Airways
The airlines have until Friday to comply with the new restrictions, failing which they risk losing their operator license in the U.S. As of now, there's no end date to the restrictions, with the DHS stating that they will be in place until the "threat changes."
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So Florida is educated. No one was born there. Accept for Gator. Haha
There are no attacks on planes using cell phones in at least the last decade.
The ban isn't in effect until March 25 for Emirates, so I'm squeezing in before it hits.
I take this flight a lot, and it is very inconvenient. Also, Dubai is a major hub to the US for many Eastern countries, Arab or not, so this is a widespread ban on devices from many more countries than just the eight listed. It used to be that I just had to turn my devices on to security, but now they're banned from in-cabin baggage. Ugh. I'm glad I'm squeezing in before the ban, but future trips will be so boring. 16 hours with no Kindle or laptop is a loooong time.
And those recent measures taken only serve to anger normal people of those countries. The goal percieved is to make America safer; i don't know its effectiveness.
What i know is that hate towards the US gov. increased exponentially.
I love the people, but not the gov.
I'm from one of those countries.
from 2015, Congress was 80 percent white, 80 percent male and 92 percent Christian. pretty sure that is hardly the make up of people in the country. let me explain something to you. if it were 80 women there would likely be time off for menstruating and men wouldn't get a day. i bet you would find that unfair. but guess what the people in power made the rule and all the women would love it. so who would fight for you? no one!
please I dont want to hurt any of the readers or any US nation patriot..I want to tell that I am seeing huge changes after trump elected..you readers know how much it cost to get a new unlocked phone in america or a laptop or tablet...if a person go for a tour...he have to spend much more to get these electronics